WEISSER PARK ELEMENTARY REPAIR FWCS Building Renovation

RENOVATIONS AT WEISSER PARK ELEMENTARY 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 as a middle school IN 1964 and was later converted to an elementary in 1980. THE PREVIOUS RENOVATIONS TO CHANGE THE FUNCTION OF WEISSER PARK FROM A MIDDLE SCHOOL TO AN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL INCLUDED VERY MINOR UPDATES TO ACCOMMODATE THE ELEMENTARY PROGRAM. IN THE TIME SINCE, WEISSER PARK HAS ALSO BECOME THE FWCS DISTRICT MAGNET SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS. THIS CHANGE IN FUNCTIONALITY, PLUS THE NECESSARY CHANGES NEEDED TO PROVIDE MORE SECURITY TO THE BUILDING DURING BOTH THE SCHOOL DAY AND PERFORMANCE EVENTS REQUIRED SOME RELOCATION OF SERVICES WITHIN THE BUILDING.
The office suite and main entry was relocated from the far north end of the academic wing to a more central location in the building. This both allows for the academic wing to be secured separately from the arts/activities wing during after school events, and allows better access from the parking lot.

The new entrance provides office staff with clear views of visitors approaching the building and a secure vestibule entry. Upon entering the building, the inner vestibule doors remain locked, requiring visitors to enter into the main office prior to being allowed access to the rest of the building. All new doors also include security locksets allowing for faster, safer locking procedures in the event of an emergency.

as with all of the projects included in the repair fwcs program, one of the main goals of the renovation is the replacement of failing infrastructure that has reached the end of its useful life. weisser park already had newer central boilers, however the distribution piping throughout the building had never been replaced and unit heaters in the rooms were regularly in need of repair. through the project, all of the old piping is being removed and replaced, and quieter, more efficient unit ventilators are being installed in each room.
Image of old and new heating and cooling main piping in one of the main corridors

Prior to the renovation, Weisser Park did not have air conditioning. With the upgrades to the heating system, a new central chiller and cooling has been added to fully air condition the building. This provides a comfortable, consistent climate for the students and staff regardless of the outside temperature conditions.

in addition to the heating and cooling, electrical and lighting systems are also being replaced. old, inefficient florescent lighting is being replaced with new led lighting. this both saves in overall energy usage costs, and provides clean, brighter lighting. suspending ceiling systems are being replaced and the walls have been repainted with fresh, bright colors.
View of corridor prior to renovation (inset)

Corridors have not only benefited from new ceilings and paint, but the original terrazzo floors are being polished with a high-gloss, no wax finish which cuts down on maintenance costs. Lockers are being repainted and new tackable surfaces are being installed to display student work. In the main photo, you can clearly see the difference between renovated and non-renovated areas as you look down the length of the corridor.

Plumbing fixtures and toilet partitions and accessories are being replaced in all restrooms and new drinking fountains have been installed throughout the building. Some fountains have been equipped with bottle fillers allowing both staff and students to easily fill drinking water bottles.

at this time, most of the renovations in the music/art wing and common areas is complete. all areas have received improvements in heating, cooling, lighting and electrical service, as well as new ceilings, flooring and freshly painted walls. chalkboards are being replaced with dust-free markerboards and overhead projectors and projection screens.
Images show renovated band room and instrument storage areas and the newly relocated and renovated media center, offering more open space for activities and collaboration.
The cafeteria/multi-purpose room (photo below) received all new lighting, heating and cooling systems, as well as new finishes offering a flexible bright, inviting space for activities.
the final phase of the project slated to be completed this summer (2016) is the renovation of the classrooms. the rooms will benefit from new vertical unit ventilators for heating and cooling. these units run more quietly, are more efficient, and take up less floor space than the horizontal units which are being replaced. New ceilings and lighting will replace t-12 lighting fixtures, for which replacement bulbs are no longer produced. walls will be painted and flooring will be replaced. new teaching aids such as marker and tackboards and full building wifi accessibility will complete the learning environment.
Photos of existing classrooms to be renovated in the Summer of 2016
A teacher and group of students utilize the newly renovated multi-purpose area for guitar lessons.
The renovations at Weisser Park Elementary 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!

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