Construction continues at HHS, fueled by efforts to modernize campus

B building renovations begin after completion of the A building

After facing delays, the A building opened at the beginning of the 2022-23 school year; it was previously under renovation in an effort to modernize HHS.

Following the A building, Giglio said the B building started construction in June 2022 and is scheduled to finish by June 2023, principal Greg Giglio said.

Giglio said renovations to the S building will occur after the B building is completed. The S building will be under renovation during summer break in 2023 and 2024 to avoid disruptions during the school year. 

Construction plans will modernize buildings through the addition of LED lighting, HVAC systems and new fire alarms, superintendent Graham Clark said. Additionally, several aesthetic improvements, including more vibrant paint and new furniture, will be implemented.  These renovations aim to improve the condition of older buildings, Clark said.

“In our district, the majority of classrooms are over 50 years old,” Clark said. “At Fremont High School, we have one building that’s approaching its hundred-year anniversary.”

The renovation of the B building will continue throughout the 2022-23 school year, presenting students and teachers with challenges until it is complete. 

“The construction is kind of a double-edged sword,” English teacher and yearbo

NON-STOP NOISE: Renovations of buildings cause noise and obstacles to students and staff.
(Photo by Seoyoung Hwang)

ok advisor Megan Bridge said. “It’s something that is going to be really good in the long term, and I’m really excited to see what it looks like once it’s finished. But in the short term, there are some setbacks that can make it more challenging for learning.”

Due to her classroom’s close proximity to the B building, Bridge said her students faced numerous difficulties when completing activities outdoors. They often struggled to hear, due to the loud and distracting noise caused by construction.

“During my English final last year, [my students] had trouble finding a filming space because you couldn’t go anywhere without the crazy sounds in the background,” Bridge said. “Also, for students going across campus within a five minute window, the fencing along the way makes it significantly more challenging to get to class on time.”

Similarly, junior Nathan Gu said he believes the ongoing construction will continue to create problems for students, which will ultimately disrupt learning. 

“Because construction’s not done yet, I expect it to be a constant nuisance just like last year,” Gu said. “They are constantly hammering and drilling, so it’s just impossible to focus on work.” 

Although many of these challenges are unavoidable, Gu said the disruptions can be reduced by keeping classroom doors and windows closed

To combat these issues, Bridge said she would prefer construction to be done as much as possible during the summertime and after school hours to minimize noise during class time. 

In the long term, Bridge said the benefits of the new buildings will outweigh the challenges caused by the renovations. She said buildings likeI-Hub, which was completed in 2019, are modern and efficient buildings.

Likewise, Clark said these ongoing renovations will yield a variety of benefits for the student body.

“I know construction is an inconvenience and that some projects take time, particularly at Homestead,” Clark said. “But the benefit is that you get a safer and more energy efficient classroom with better technology.”