It has been a little more than a month since school opened (and since our last post). Everyone has had time to settle in and the contractors have made their way through almost all of the punch lists for each space in the building. It has been such a whirlwind project that it’s nice to finally sit back a little and appreciate some of the little things that will make a BIG difference at school. Enjoy!
Sink and counter units were updated for wheelchair accessibility. While we were at it, we updated the plumbing, counter tops, drinking fountains, and added valuable closed under cabinet storage for each classroom.
Another great new safety feature is the magnetic door holds. It’s actually a violation of the fire code to use wedges to prop open doors. In case of a fire or other emergency, the doors can all be closed at once with the push of a button at the main office or when triggered by an alarm.
Unit Ventilators are the new fresh air units installed in every classroom and they bring in the good air from outside and balance the air flow to make sure the circulation of air is happening properly. If you ever heard the old ones in operation or experienced warmer and colder parts of the school building, you know they were in dire need of replacement.
Cubbies! As part of the project, some cubbies were re-used and some new ones were ordered. These help reduce clutter in the hallways and keep kid stuff separated and organized!
Storage! This little walk-in with built in shelving detail was added later, but makes for great organization and safe storage of instruments and equipment in the Music Room.
Fountains – this little fountain with water bottle filler in the classroom hallway is ADA compliant, just like the one near the gym. The hallway bathrooms were updated for the ADA as well, along with new floors, ceilings and fixtures after removing all of the asbestos.
Stay tuned for a few more updates before our grand opening ceremony on Thursday, October 12th!