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The Center for academic success at nebraska REPAIR FWCS Building Renovation

THE CENTER FOR ACADEMIC SUCCESS AT NEBRASKA WAS A REPURPOSING OF THE FORMER NEBRASKA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL BUILDING LOCATED IN THE HEART OF FORT WAYNE. NEBRASKA WAS CLOSED AS AN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AFTER THE END OF THE SCHOOL YEAR IN 2016. IT WAS DETERMINED THAT THE BUILDING COULD BE RENOVATED TO HOUSE FORT WAYNE COMMUNITY SCHOOLS ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION PROGRAM FOR STUDENTS IN GRADES 6-10 WHO COULD NOT ATTEND THEIR HOME SCHOOLS FOR VARIOUS REASONS. THE RENOVATIONS AT NEBRASKA OCCURRED IN LATE 2016 AND 2017 WITH THE BUILDING REOPENING FOR THE 2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR. WORK INCLUDED BOTH EXTERIOR AND INTERIOR IMPROVEMENTS TO THE FACILITY. THE BUILDING WAS ORIGINALLY CONSTRUCTED IN 1964 WITH AN ADDITION THAT WAS COMPLETED IN 1993. THIS IS THE FIRST TIME THAT THE EXISTING BUILDING HAS RECEIVED A FULL SCALE RENOVATION.

FAILING HEATING SYSTEMS, LACK OF AIR CONDITIONING, LIGHTING UPGRADES AND POORLY INSULATED EXTERIOR WALLS AND WINDOW SYSTEMS WERE A SIGNIFICANT FOCUS OF THE RENOVATION NEEDS AT NEBRASKA.

SECURITY UPGRADES ARE A MAJOR COMPONENT OF REPAIR FWCS RENOVATIONS. VISITORS TO THE BUILDING CANNOT GAIN ENTRY INTO THE MAIN PORTION OF THE BUILDING WITHOUT FIRST CHECKING IN AT THE MAIN OFFICE AND PROVIDING IDENTIFICATION.

AS PART OF THE SECURITY UPGRADES, CLASSROOM DOORS AND HARDWARE WERE PROVIDED WITH NEW SECURE LOCKSETS ALLOWING STAFF TO SECURE THEIR CLASSROOMS MORE EASILY IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY SITUATION.

PRIOR THE TO THE RENOVATION, THE BUILDING'S HEATING SYSTEM WAS EXPERIENCING REGULAR FAILURES DUE TO AGED EQUIPMENT AND PIPING. THE BUILDING ALSO DID NOT HAVE AIR CONDITIONING. AS PART OF THE RENOVATION, ALL NEW ENERGY EFFICIENT BOILERS WERE INSTALLED ALONG WITH A CENTRAL CHILLER, ALL NEW DISTRIBUTION PIPING, UNIT VENTILATORS IN EACH CLASSROOM AND TEMPERATURE CONTROL SYSTEMS.

SINCE THE IMPROVEMENTS TO THE BUILDING ENVELOPE AND INFRASTRUCTURE UPGRADES, FWCS HAS REALIZED A NET DECREASE IN ENERGY COSTS at NEBRASKA, EVEN WITH THE ADDITION OF AIR CONDITIONING TO THE BUILDING.
The entry corridor between the main office exhibits a renewed sense of pride for students who may be otherwise struggling with fitting in to their home school community.

The media center was renovated to become an open, flexible space that can be used for research, presentations and large and small group activities and is a main focal point upon entry to the building.

After the main distribution lines for the heating and cooling infrastructure improvements were completed, the corridors received new ceilings and energy efficient lighting, walls received a fresh coat of paint, and terrazzo floors were repaired as necessary and given a new high-gloss, no wax finish which reduces cleaning and maintenance costs.
Classrooms also benefited from the heating, cooling and other thermal upgrades. Energy efficient (and brighter!) lighting replaced obsolete lighting systems. New markerboards, tackboards and audio/video projection systems were installed as teaching aids. New ceilings, flooring, and freshly painted walls complete the upgrades and provide fresh, inviting spaces for students to learn.
Renovated classrooms at the Center for Academic Success at Nebraska provide students with a learning experience consistent with recommended K-12 industry classroom standards.

The renovations to The Center for Academic Success (CAS) at Nebraska were completed as part of the REPAIR FWCS projects approved in 2016, along with full renovations at 9 other school buildings, the addition of air conditioning at 6 additional buildings to complete the addition of air conditioning at ALL FWCS schools, window replacements at 2 additional buildings, security improvements at 25 buildings and partial roof replacements at 4 buildings was made possible by the support of our community. THANK YOU FORT WAYNE!

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HEATHER KREBS
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