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LANE MIDDLE SCHOOL REPAIR FWCS Building Renovation

RENOVATIONS AT LANE MIDDLE SCHOOL BEGAN IN THE SPRING OF 2018 AND WAS COMPLETED FOR THE BEGINNING OF THE 2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR. WORK INCLUDED MAINLY INTERIOR IMPROVEMENTS TO THE FACILITY, WHICH ORIGINALLY OPENED IN 1964 AND WAS PREVIOUSLY RENOVATED ONCE IN 1982.

Safety and security improvements are one of the main goals of the REPAIR FWCS program. Renovations to the entrance and office area not only provide a welcoming environment, but also ensure safety for our students, staff and visitors.

OFFICE SUITE IMPROVEMENTS INCLUDE A NEW ENTRANCE FEATURE WITH DISPLAY CASE AND MONITOR FOR BROADCASTING SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENTS, SEPARATE AREAS FOR RECEPTION FUNCTIONS AND STUDENT SERVICES AND A RENOVATED AND EXPANDED STUDENT CLINIC.

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. LANE 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 WAS REMOVED AND REPLACED, AND QUIETER, MORE EFFICIENT UNIT VENTILATORS WERE INSTALLED IN EACH ROOM.

PRIOR TO THE RENOVATION, LANE 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 NOT ONLY PROVIDE A PATHWAY FOR NEW MECHANICAL PIPING, BUT ALSO BENEFITED FROM NEW CEILINGS AND PAINT. THE ORIGINAL TERRAZZO FLOORS ARE BEING POLISHED (SPRING 2020) WITH A HIGH-GLOSS, NO WAX FINISH WHICH CUTS DOWN ON MAINTENANCE COSTS. LOCKERS WERE REPLACED AND NEW TACKABLE SURFACES WERE INSTALLED TO DISPLAY STUDENT WORK.

in addition to the heating and cooling, electrical and lighting systems were replaced. old, inefficient florescent lighting was replaced with new led lighting. this both saves in overall energy usage costs, and provides clean, brighter lighting. suspending ceiling systemswere replaced and the walls have been repainted with fresh, bright colors.

PLUMBING FIXTURES, TOILET PARTITIONS AND ACCESSORIES WERE 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.

CLASSROOMS 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 WERE REPLACED. NEW CEILINGS AND LIGHTING REPLACED T-12 LIGHTING FIXTURES, FOR WHICH REPLACEMENT BULBS ARE NO LONGER PRODUCED. WALLS WERE PAINTED AND FLOORING WAS REPLACED. NEW TEACHING AIDS SUCH AS MARKER AND TACKBOARDS AND FULL BUILDING WIFI ACCESSIBILITY WILL COMPLETE THE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT. TECHNOLOGY UPGRADES AND MODERN TEACHING SUPPORTS ARE ALSO A COMPONENT OF THE REPAIR PROJECTS. CHALKBOARDS WERE REPLACED WITH DUST-FREE MARKERBOARDS AND LARGE PROJECTION MONITORS OR OVERHEAD PROJECTORS WERE INSTALLED IN EVERY ROOM. THE NEWLY RENOVATED MEDIA CENTER PROVIDES AN OPEN, FLEXIBLE SPACE FOR RESEARCH AND GROUP WORK.
THE CAFETERIA AND KITCHEN AREA WERE FULLY RENOVATED TO PROVIDE A MODERN, EFFICIENT COMMERCIAL GRADE FOOD PREPARATION, SERVING AND DINING AREA FOR LANE'S 750+ STUDENTS. THIS AREA ALSO SERVES AS A FLEXIBLE MULTI-PURPOSE AREA FOR VARIOUS STUDENT ACTIVITIES.
THE RENOVATED GYMNASIUM AND LOCKER ROOMS RECEIVED ALL NEW LIGHTING, PAINT, HVAC SYSTEMS AS WELL AS LOCKER AND ATHLETIC EQUIPMENT UPGRADES.
The renovations to LANE MIDDLE SCHOOL 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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