WEISSER PARK ELEMENTARY REPAIR FWCS Building Renovation
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.
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.
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.
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.