JEFFERSON MIDDLE SCHOOL REPAIR FWCS Building Renovation

RENOVATIONS AT jefferson middle SCHOOL BEGAN IN THE SPRING OF 2015 AND WILL BE COMPLETED BY THE END OF SUMMER 2016. WORK INCLUDES BOTH EXTERIOR AND INTERIOR IMPROVEMENTS TO THE FACILITY, WHICH OPENED IN 1967. THIS IS THE FIRST TIME THAT THE EXISTING BUILDING HAS RECEIVED A FULL SCALE RENOVATION.
The first thing visitors to Jefferson Middle School will notice is a new outer wall configuration and entry system at Door 1. In order to provide a more secure entrance to the building, the office suite was relocated from across the corridor to be directly accessible from the main entry vestibule and the exterior wall in this area was reconstructed to provide both more structural stability and additional vision to the exterior as students and visitors arrive at the building.

Once visitors are admitted via a buzzer system at the main door, they enter the secure vestibule. The inner doors to the corridor remain locked during school hours, and visitors must enter the office to be checked in prior to being allowed access to the rest of the building.

A major component of the work at jefferson middle school has been the replacement of failing plumbing systems, including both domestic water piping and sanitary drain piping. The original infrastructure was corroded and broken in many areas. This piping was removed and replaced with new pvc and copper piping systems, as well as new plumbing fixtures.
Photos above show corroded and broken sanitary main lines removed from under the locker room area (top left), corroded plumbing lines in a wall chase (top right), and new plumbing lines in the same chase (bottom).
In addition to new plumbing, the locker rooms and restrooms are receiving brighter, more efficient lighting, freshly painted walls, new fixtures and toilet partitions, and new lockers.
PRIOR TO THE RENOVATIONS, THE HEATING AND COOLING SYSTEMS SERVING THE CLASSROOMS WERE INEFFICIENT AND PROVIDED INCONSISTENT CLIMATE CONDITIONS. LIGHTING LEVELS WERE SUBSTANDARD, AND CLASSROOM FINISHES AND FIXTURES WERE SHOWING THE WEAR AND TEAR OF DECADES OF USE.
Typical classroom prior to renovation

As part of the renovation, all new heating and cooling systems are being installed in the building. The building was previously not air-conditioned, and heating systems were failing regularly due to the age of the classroom unit ventilators and infrastructure. All classrooms are receiving new vertical unit ventilators which are quieter, more efficient and take up less floor space than the previous system.

Lighting condition prior to renovation

One of the most dramatic changes at Jefferson Middle School has been the replacement of obsolete, substandard lighting systems. The new lighting is all LED, which produces a clearer, white spectrum lighting and is significantly more energy efficient.

Classrooms are also receiving new VCT flooring to replace asbestos-containing floor tile, freshly painted walls and new ceiling systems, new cabinetry for storage, and new teaching aides including marker and tackboards.

Another component of the security upgrades is the addition of classroom security locksets, which enable safer, faster locking of doors from the interior of the classroom in the event of an emergency. These locksets are also compliant with ADA (Americans with disabilites act) requirements, helping to make the building fully accessible to students and staff with disabilities.
ADA compliant classroom security lockset.
As previously noted, prior to the renovation only select portions of Jefferson Middle School were air conditioned. As part of the renovation, a new chiller system provides central air conditioning to the entire building.
RENOVATIONS AT jefferson middle school ARE CURRENTLY ONGOING AND WILL BE COMPLETED BY THE END OF THE SUMMER OF 2016.

The renovations at Jefferson Middle School, along with full renovations at 9 other school buildings, the addition of chillers at 6 additional buildings, window replacements at 8 additional buildings and partial roof replacements at 27 buildings was made possible by the support of our community. THANK YOU FORT WAYNE!

For more information on the REPAIR FWCS program, please visit us at

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