Greenwich High School’s Old Auditorium OK to Go Out with a Loud Bang

 

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The old auditorium at Greenwich High School is entering final stages of demolition, Dec. 15, 2015. Credit: Leslie Yager

The Town of Greenwich Health Department has okayed a noise variance for the remaining demolition of the old auditorium at Greenwich High School.

“The work may be noisy at times because it involves steel demolition,” GHS Headmaster Dr. Winters said in a Dec. 11 letter to neighbors, thanking them for their patience.

For the safety of students, the work must be done outside school hours and the variance is in effect from 6:00pm until 11:00pm on weekdays and  7:00am until 5:00pm on Saturdays, excluding Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. The work is scheduled to be done by Jan 7 and the variance ends January 8.

Michael Long, Director of the Health Dept Division of Environmental Services approved the noise variance, noting that the the demolition will involve a crane, heavy excavator and boom lifts. Turner Construction will have someone on site at all times during the second shift and has a emergency contact list.

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Almost entirely gutted auditorium at Greenwich High School, Dec. 15, 2015. Credit: Leslie Yager

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Almost entirely gutted auditorium at Greenwich High School, Dec. 15, 2015. Credit: Leslie Yager

Since the new performing arts center opened in early October, the old auditorium’s days have been numbered. In its place new instructional space and a new facade will be constructed.

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The new performing arts center at Greenwich High School was full for a student concert on Oct. 7, 2015. Credit: Leslie Yager

The first student concert took place in the new Performing Arts Center on Oct. 7. There was almost a full house, and guests marveled at the acoustics, along with the performance of an original piece by GHS grad class of ’81, Rob Mathes entitled “Can You Hear me?”

PHOTOS, VIDEO: GHS Performing Arts Center is Full to the Gills for First Student Concert

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Most of the inside of the old auditorium at Greenwich High School was gone as of Dec. 15, 2015 Credit: Leslie Yager

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Demolition of old auditorium at Greenwich High School, Dec. 15, 2015 Credit: Leslie Yager

 


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