The buildings at Poplar and Walnut that are known as the Historic High School and now serve as the administrative offices for Collierville Schools are getting a face lift. A portion of buildings constructed in the 1970’s is being torn down and the original Historic High School which houses the Collierville Schools administration is undergoing building system upgrades. The building that is being torn down had become too costly to renovate and maintain and is not part of the buildings that has historical significance.
“This land has been the site of education in Collierville since the late 1800’s,” said Derek Honeycutt, Director of General Services. “There are a lot of memories associated with the historic building, therefore we are not only preserving the building but improving it too.”
This new phase is adding new HVAC systems, new electric upgrades and a new roof system. This is all being done to make the building more energy efficient to manage while providing the Collierville Schools administrative staff a much more comfortable and modern working environment.
During the week of February 27 crews began setting up an orange mesh construction fence boundary around the trees on the campus which will be preserved. The orange fence is a visual marker to heavy equipment operators to keep them away from the trees. This week (March 6-10) the actual demolition process started. As the building comes down, citizens driving by will notice a hole or opening in the original high school building where the two building connected, that opening will be bricked up.
The demolition and upgrades to the Collierville Schools administrative offices will take about ninety days with completion around the first of June 2017. This work is being carefully coordinated between the Town of Collierville and Collierville Schools.
Although the demolition is interesting to watch the Town warns that this is a construction site and public safety is the top priority. The construction fences around the site are intended to create a safe work zone for the workers and also to keep the curious public at a safe distance from the construction zone.
Additional future phases will include a new entrance to the building facing Poplar and a parking lot, new energy efficient windows and doors and ADA restrooms. Interior renovations to the current vacant second floor are also a part of future improvements to the building.