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Clay City High School due for extensive renovation

Monday, December 27, 2004

In order to correct high maintenance costs, provide an upgraded fire alarm system and fix inconsistent heating and cooling of the building and the gymnasium, the Clay City High School will undergo an extensive renovation during the coming year.

"If we're going to do something, we need to do it right," Clay Community School Corporation's Director of Buildings and Grounds Thomas Reberger said of the extensive project.

The gymnasium, which seats approximately 2,000, will receive upgraded high-efficiency lighting, new sound panels, installation of new vent panels in the windows and a better air conditioning unit. New water heaters will also be installed in the locker room area to provide better efficiency.

"We're replacing and upgrading equipment that has come to the end of its efficient service life," Reberger said.

Changes in the ventilation system will allow for better air quality monitoring as well as correcting heating/cooling deficiencies in the building. The future possibility of students and staff with athsma and/or other breathing-related conditions experiencing problems could occur if the present system is left alone.

The CCHS fire alarm system, standard in 1986, requires updating to meet the new code requirements in place since the Americans with Disabilities Act was enacted in July of 1992.

The ADA requires that existing public facilities used by people with disabilities be made readily accessible. By installing strobe lights and horns set at the new decibel levels required by law, CCHS will meet those requirements.

"We want to remove any doubt as to whether an emergency situation involving a fire alarm has occurred for those with disabilities," Reberger said.

The new fire alarm system will also display alarm location information at the office, making the old system's need for a person to look for the source of the alarm unnecessary.

Other additional renovations include a lighting retrofit in the CCHS building to improve efficiency, and the installation of a new membrane over the north metal roof. A redesign in the contour of the roof will help to solve past leakage problems.

With minimal disruption during the school year, most of the work will occur during nightshifts and on weekends beginning after the conclusion of the CCHs basketball season.

Performance Services, an Indianapolis-based company, was awarded the $2,108,608 contract for the renovations by the CCSC Board of Trustees in November. The company guarantees all projects will be completed and fully functional on time.

"Substantial completion will occur in August 2005," Reberger said about the project expected to be done before the 2005/06 school year begins. "But we will continue tweaking throughout the fall."

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