The Renovation Project
A large-scale renovation project has been in the works for several months at Adams Central, but many are still confused about what it details. Dr. Stiglitz describes the project in an interview with the Jet Stream.
“We will completely knock [the 4th and 5th grade wing] down during an upcoming summer and start construction on a new, updated building,” is how Dr. Lori Stiglitz would describe the upcoming renovation project on the school.
The motivation for the deconstruction is the age of the building: 4th and 5th grade wing is very old; it was built way back in 1952. There are also plans to remodel the cafeteria, boys and girls locker rooms in main gym, and to add an additional activity center on a second floor above the P.E. gym. The limiting factor to all this is money. So, why not just update the wing instead of demoing it? “It’ll cost much more to update that wing as it is.”, says Dr. Stiglitz.
17 million dollars has been approved by the School Board. There will be a public hearing next week, so the board can officially approve the allotted money in a public setting. “We’ll have to wait 30 days before we can start the process.”,
says Dr. Stiglitz, “and then a request will be sent to a design criteria company, who will provide a cost analysis, then a design packet will be put together.” After that, a request for price proposals will be sent out to various architecture design companies. Sort of a, “We want this and this…”. Architects from those companies will design their own ideas, then hopefully 5-7 different companies will come together to combine their ideas and submit one whole proposal. This is all very long-term; Dr. Stiglitz hopes by next spring work on the buildings can start, but the earliest deconstruction could start would be the summer of ’18.
So, who will directly be affected by all of this? Well, the 4th, 5th, and special ed classrooms in the elementary will have to be temporarily moved. “We’d like to finish the P.E. gym first so we can move the kids in there. Maybe form a sort of a ‘Plywood Palace 2.0’.” Hopefully, the added level in the gym will allocate a bit more space for the kids.