Liverpool school district uses virtual reality to preview high school renovations

SYRACUSE (WSYR-TV) - A nearly $40 million renovation project largely focusing on Liverpool High School isn't expected to be completed until 2020, but district superintendent Mark Potter recently got a tour of the building ahead of schedule. 

"It felt a little foreign walking through there," Potter said. "You’re moving from space to space in another dimension."

The tour didn't actually take place in Liverpool. It happened at Ashley McGraw Architects in downtown Syracuse, where they're using virtual reality to show clients plans. 

"It helps them make decisions," said Michael Frisina, Ashley McGraw's Design Technology Manager. "If you're not trained to read three dimensional plan drawings, it might be difficult to understand what you’re getting in the end."

Liverpool is Ashley McGraw's largest client to use the technology so far. Taxpayers voted in 2016 to approve the project, which will also be funded through a bond from the state. 

"To be able to have them walk through before it’s constructed, after spending all of this money, it's invaluable," Frisina said.  

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