Apr 25, 2016

Medicine Hat High School Renovation: Part 1

A week ago I was invited back to Medicine Hat High School to tour the construction site and to photograph the ongoing demolition. This was in dramatic contrast to the series of images I shot prior to the start of the renovation / modernization project occurring at Medicine Hat, Alberta's largest high school last year. The entire south side of the high school is now closed off, and it's amazing to see how much has changed in just the last few months.

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It's a bit eerie wandering around your old high school to see it in mid-demolition. Ceiling tiles have been ripped down, walls have been demolished, and the old lockers have all been removed. The auto body and shop classrooms are now gone, one of the skywalks has been torn down, the library is almost unrecognizable in its current state, and the south office is now just an empty room. Despite all of this, parts of the old school are still recognizable.

For nostalgia's sake it's sad to see it go, and at the same time, the fact that so many parts of the high school hadn't changed in decades was proof that upgrades were needed. Having seen the plans, I can honestly say that Medicine Hat High School is going to be a lot better off once the modernization is complete. It doesn't make the school's current state any less shocking, but it does allow for some pretty dramatic pictures of the work in progress. PART 2 HERE.

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medicine hat high school renovation modernization
The start of the new gymnasium.
medicine hat high school renovation modernization
A few of the old lockers.

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Demo in the library.

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medicine hat high school renovation modernization

medicine hat high school renovation modernization

medicine hat high school renovation modernization
What's left of the south office.

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The south entrance is a bit dirtier than I remembered it.

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medicine hat high school renovation modernization

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The hole where a skywalk used to be.

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medicine hat high school renovation modernization
The other skywalk being used as storage for the time being.


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medicine hat high school renovation modernization

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medicine hat high school renovation modernization

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