Long Range Facilities Plan Updates - 2019In District 33 we continue to make excellent progress on the implementation of the strategic plan. Within this plan, the goal of “Effective and Efficient Use of Resources” drives us to ensure that our facilities are well maintained. The first phase of the plan was completed last August and the second phase begins this summer. Many of these projects had been set aside in the past due to financial concerns. Fortunately, after several years of diligent savings, we are able to fund these projects through current fund balances, not through additional taxes.
Here is an outline of some of the exciting and much needed projects that are in progress this summer:
Secured Front Entrances
The safety and security of our students, staff and visitors to our buildings is of utmost importance and our policies and procedures are continually reviewed and updated as necessary. This summer all of our buildings will receive new Secured Front Entrances which include the following features:
3-layered system of security
1st layer - locked front doors (this has been in place for several years).
2nd layer - Vestibule in which the doors leading to the main part of the building and to the office will be locked.
3rd layer - Visitors must be buzzed into the office area from the vestibule, sign in, and then buzzed into the main building from the office.
The system in every building is being replaced with an updated system.
Staff ID’s will contain a chip and must be used to enter the buildings. This replaces the FOBs that are used now.
Every exterior door will have a chip reader. Currently not all doors are equipped with this feature.
Exterior Doors Replaced
80% of the exterior doors in all of the buildings will be replaced. Since some of our buildings are newer it is not necessary to replace all of the doors. The replacement of these doors provides another layer of security to our buildings.
Improvements to the condition and appearance of our elementary bathrooms is began last summer and will finish this summer. The goal is to have updated, consistent fixtures, flooring and partitions throughout the whole district. This summer’s work will include:
- Complete the renovations in the remaining bathrooms.
- Due to the installation of the Innovation Center at Turner last summer, the bathrooms were not addressed. All bathrooms will be renovated this summer.
- Bathrooms will receive new partitions.
Parking Lots/Exterior Lighting
Currier School was the location of summer school last year, and therefore renovations were put off until this summer. The parking lot at Currier will receive the following updates:
Parking lot will be resurfaced
Fourteen parking spaces will be added
Installation of improved exterior lighting will be added to all district buildings, except Gary School and the Educational Service Center, which received this upgrade last summer.
New Innovation Centers
Aside from ensuring the long-term viability of our buildings, we are also working to make sure that our students have modern learning spaces, as well. Turner was the first elementary school to have a new Innovation Center installed. This project served as a pilot for the installation of centers at the other elementary schools. We are very excited to announce that new Innovation Centers will be installed this summer at the remaining elementary schools.
Long Range Facilities Plan Updates - 2018The Board of Education approved a Long Term Facilities Plan on October 5, 2017.The Business Department and the Facilities and Grounds Department just completed a large amount of facilities work this past summer. Projects were completed on time and under budget.District 33 used existing District fund balance to pay for these repairs and upgrades. No borrowed money or referendum was needed. Arcon and Associates is the architect in charge of these projects and will be presenting a summary of the summer 2018 work at the October 4, 2018 Board of Education meeting. Plans for summer 2019 are already in the works
FACILITY UPDATES SUMMER 2018No money was borrowed to complete these updates.
Bathrooms – Gary, Indian Knoll (2 of six), Pioneer
- Completely gutted
- New supply piping, sewer piping
- Exhaust fans
- Toilets urinals, sinks which are all motioned sensored
- Hand dryers (motion sensored)
- LED lighting
- Wall tile and floor tile
Building Automated System (BAS – Gary, IK, Pioneer, Turner) Already at LMS, Currier & Wegner
- Allows for remote monitoring and adjusting many features in relation to the temperature of the spaces. For example in winter, temperatures of each room can be monitored and outside air brought in if the space gets too hot.
- Allows for remote troubleshooting
- Preparation for the installation of the BAS in each of these buildings required the removal of the inconsistent pneumatic (air) systems and installing the new digital system.
- Replaced univents - because of the age of the equipment at Indian Knoll all univents needed to be replaced which required more time to do.
Leman Middle School
- New Tech Lab (1962, 1994 now)
Indian Knoll (1967)
- Two remodeled bathrooms (see above)
- Replaced water supply lines in hallway from galvanized to copper
- New lunch tables
- BAS (see above)
- NEW Innovation Center
- Two new roof top HVAC units for the Innovation Center space
- Upgraded electrical service from 400 amps to 1200 amps, meaning the building and hold more power coming from ComEd – building could not handle any more power
- New transformer coming from ComEd
- One more electrical circuit (outlet) in each classroom – can now handle more of the power for the technology
- Old cloth wiring from original construction replaced
- Gym Air handler (Circa 1952) replaced with a much more powerful, modern unit
- BAS (see above)
- Some electrical panels replaced
- Parking lot and playground area resurfaced
- New LED lighting in parking lot
- New LED Lighting can be remotelu monitored and adjusted
- New bathroom partitions
- See above – Bathrooms and BAS
- New parking lot with improved student pick up and drop off
- New outside LED parking lot lights
- Staff lounge remodeled with new cabinets, ceiling, floor, paint, sink
- Water supply lines in hallway replaced from galvanized to copper
ESC (1971)/ELC (2006)
- Additional parking spaces in parking lot
- New LED outside parking lot lights
- New storage shed
Summer cleaning still took place!