Finishing Touches on More New Spaces (Nov 2016)
The Roosevelt High School Modernization project continues to move forward with more new buildings preparing to come online soon. Interior finishes at the Black Box theater space are complete. The Black Box is currently staged with furniture
, fixtures and equipment (FFE) for the auditorium which is planned to be available after winter break in early 2017. Substantial progress has been made in the auditorium
. Drywall is going up and lighting and stage rigging will be brought in by the end of November. Floor finishing and carpeting are expected to be complete in early December. In the band/choir room
workers are painting interior walls and laying down flooring. It is scheduled to be furnished during the winter break and open for class in January 2017. Dry walling and ceiling installation are in progress in the Journalism & Writing Center/Digital Media space
. It too expected to be open after winter break. Work on the new commons and the commons kitchen
is finishing up. Students and teachers will likely see a brand new cafeteria with spacious dining area in the east wing when they return for Spring Semester 2017.Renovation at the 1921 building is well underway
. Abatement work and demolition
are nearly complete and concrete sheer wall construction is proceeding. The sheer walls will bring the historic building up to modern seismic safety code standards. Unforeseen conditions, such as uneven floor elevations and unreinforced masonry provide the project team’s engineers and architects with challenges to meet but the work proceeds on target. In the next couple of weeks, the construction team will continue to work on structural improvements
of the historical building.
More New Spaces Coming Online Soon (Mid-Oct. 2016)
Students and staff are enjoying a new Roosevelt
knowing that even more buildings will become available just after winter break and again next fall. Work is moving ahead to complete the Auditorium, Black Box Theater, the New Commons and the Band room. These are scheduled to open after winter break in early 2017. In September, the Auditorium saw interior framing, with taping, and painting in progress. Interior finishes were also ahead moving ahead in the New Commons. In the Black Box Theater rough-in work took place.
In October work on renovating the 1921 building
really ramped up. A majority of the historic building has been abated and it is close to 80% complete on the demolition phase. Seismic upgrade work is also underway with the construction of sheer walls throughout the structure. These will help bring the nearly 100-year-old building into compliance with modern seismic standards and significantly improve the overall safety of the building in case of an earthquake.
Throughout October the New Commons interior finishes will continue to move forward with substantial progress taking place over the next few weeks. Kitchen work is taking place this month with new stainless equipment starting to be installed towards the end of the month. The Auditorium and Black Box are also moving forward with interior finishes with some rough-in work continuing. Stage rigging for the new auditorium should start towards the end of October. The new Band Room area is in interior finish mode and this will continue into the next month.
Welcome Back to a New Roosevelt (August 2016)
When school starts in late August, students and staff will return to a transformed Roosevelt. Several brand new buildings will be ready
including the two court Main Gymnasium and the school’s first Auxiliary Gym, a weight room, 33 general education classrooms plus several Career Technical Education (CTE) Classrooms that will house Industrial Arts / Construction Shop, STEM / Robotics Lab and the Writing / Digital Media / Publishing Center. Three new community program spaces will also be housed in the new facilities. These are the School-Based Health Center, Clothes Closet / Food Pantry and the SUN / STEP UP Offices.
Renovation work is complete on the former auditorium building, which will now serve as the new Media Center / Library with many new classrooms below. In just a few months, additional new facilities will open. These include the new Commons / Cafeteria, Band Room, state of the art Theater, and the Black Box theater classroom.