The new gymnasium at Plymouth Whitemarsh High School (PWHS) continues to take shape. Construction of the 39,000 square foot addition at the west end of the school began last summer. The project is expanding the footprint of the old west gymnasium northward into the grass area once used for bonfires.
The facility will feature climate controls, new locker rooms, an atrium lobby and seating for 1,750 for assemblies and potential indoor graduations. Seating for basketball games will be 1,300, or 400 more than the current capacity of the Colonial Elementary School gymnasium, which has been the home of PWHS basketball since the 1960s.
The new gym will feature space for three basketball courts. There will be two physical education teaching stations and an auxiliary space, which will be used for adaptive physical education, Adult Evening School classes and practice space for cheerleaders, the drumline, color guard and sports teams.
The new gym is expected to open in August.