The Council Bluffs Community School District School Board has approved several facility projects, including an auditorium upgrade and outdoor classroom at Abraham Lincoln High School, the installation of new HVAC equipment at the Roosevelt Elementary School and the installation of safety sensors in secondary and middle schools. schools.
At its Tuesday meeting, board members approved a remodel of the auditorium entrance and an upgrade of the auditorium’s materials to Abraham Lincoln at an estimated cost of just over one million dollars, including contingencies and inflation, according to BVH Architecture.
Superintendent Vickie Murillo said she felt there was nothing in the lobby to draw attention to the entrance to the auditorium and the curtains were “old and crumbling.”
âEvery year I tell myself that I’m going to do something for the AL auditorium,â she said. “I’m pretty excited about this.”
The entrance will be highlighted by the hallway with a contrasting dark ceiling and a wooden slatted wall. There will be places for event posters in the wall. New doors will be installed.
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âWe are interested in creating some drama for this space,â said Matt Wagner of BVH Architecture, who explained the project.
The windows across the hall will be fitted with new lighting and a back wall that can be nailed down to provide more display options, he said.
Inside the auditorium, wooden slats will be added next to the stage, the walls will be painted and acoustic panels added, and the carpet and curtains will be replaced. Theater rigging and lighting will be improved, water damage to the ceiling will be repaired, and a screen and projector will be installed.
The seats will not be replaced, as was done during the renovation of the building, Murillo said.
Bids will be solicited on the project immediately, and the board expects to select a general contractor on January 18. There will be a long wait for some of the materials, so most of the construction will be done over the summer, Wagner mentioned.
The Board of Education also approved the construction of an outdoor classroom in a courtyard next to Abraham Lincoln at a cost of just over $ 139,000, including a 10% volatility contingency, according to a report. estimate by Jared Olson of HGM Associates.
The open-air classroom will accommodate 28 to 30 students on movable furniture, Murillo said. It will also provide a place for students to have lunch if they want to eat out. Structures would be added to provide some shade.
There is currently no door in the courtyard, so an entrance would be added to connect the space with a hallway inside the building. Ornamental fences will be installed along the parking lot and an emergency exit will be added.
Offers will be solicited and a contract awarded by mid-January, with construction starting by mid-March and hopefully ending by mid-April, Olson said.
âWe hope that students will use this before graduation,â he said.
HVAC upgrades at Roosevelt, which were included in the facilities master plan, will cost around $ 926,100, more than originally planned due to substantial increases in equipment costs over the past nine months, according to Engineering Technologies. Inc.
The project will include the following elements:
Replacement of 20 heat pumps with new, more efficient heat pumps and updated controls
Replacement of two heat pumps above the stage and the energy recovery system serving the gymnasium
Replacement of two rooftop energy recovery units with heat pumps and insulation repair
Verification of the geothermal vault drainage and, if necessary, installation of a new integrated sump pump with controls
Replacement of four old water heaters with two new ones
The board also approved the installation of six Halo-V2 sensors in each high school and three in each college at a cost of $ 31,000.
The Halo-V2 sensor can detect vape, smoke, THC, and noise, depending on the materials of the board. It sends an alert to building administrators by SMS and / or e-mail if it detects these substances or a very loud noise that may result from destruction of property.
The sensor has been tested for the past 30 days in a toilet set at Wilson Middle School.
âThey did really well during the pilot at Wilson,â said Murillo.