No more built-in bleachers -
This photo shows the west wall of the Aurelia gym, where built-in bleachers sat for sixty years, prior to his summer's renovation. Retractable bleachers will take their place. Photo by Dan Whitney.
Major renovative construction is taking place this summer at the Aurelia school, now home to the Alta-Aurelia Middle School and the Aurelia Elementary School. Most of the project involved making the 1920 building and the 1950 gymnasium fully compliant with the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA).
In the gym, the 60 year-old built-in bleachers have been removed, and will be replaced with retractable bleachers. The gym floor has also been removed, and will be replaced by a new floor.
Many interesting items were discovered in the process of removing the bleachers, including programs from basketball games, plays and other events that had literally slipped between the cracks. The area underneath the bleachers had been used for storage, and among items discovered there were parts to student desks, old out-dated classroom chairs, and various odds and ends - "just stuff that you looked at and wondered why it would have been kept," said Alta-Aurelia Superintendent Lynn Evans.
Another project involved moving the lunch room and kitchen from the basement to the first floor, in the former "shop" area, adjacent to the gym.
An elevator will also be installed in the center of the 1920 building, and this will enable those with a disability to ride from the lower level to the third floor of the building rather than having to negotiate the stairs.
Ramping Up for renovation -
The steps off the hallway outside of the gym at Aurelia have been extended a few feet and a ramp added for accessibility. Photo by Dan Whitney
The plan is to have all of the remodeling done in time for the start of the 2012-13 school year in August, except for some work inside the elevator, which will not be a noisy distraction to students.
This "hole in the wall" on the first floor of the 1920 building at the Aurelia school will soon house an elevator which will enable transportation from the basement to the third floor of the building. Photo by Dan Whitney.