Recommendation # 1:
Replace the 1960’s
Addition boiler and heating controls.
Given that the boiler is original equipment and has exceeded its
25-30 year useful life, it should be replaced prior to the 2006
heating season to avoid interruptions to school operations.
Control thermostats should be replaced and fitted with uniform,
lockable covers. Some piping may be asbestos wrapped and these
wrappings should be removed. All coil units should be checked
for leaks and proper operations and defective units repaired or
Recommendation # 2:
Demolish the old
convent building and construct a multi-purpose building of
approximately 8,000—10,000 square feet.
Building to consist of a regulation size gymnasium for Junior
High School students including a stage for theatre productions,
boy’s and girl’s restrooms, bleacher seats (one side only) and a
concession area to include a sink , but no food preparation
equipment. If space allows, consideration should be given to
providing a classroom, possibly for music/art. Parking for
handicap to be at the rear of the building at same grade level.
Other parking to be at a lower grade (Brengarth lots) with
appropriate steps, retaining walls, etc. Roofing, whether
composition or metal to be determined as well as facing
materials such as brick, split block, metal, etc.
Recommendation # 3:
Renovate the 1920’s
School Building (in stages, if necessary).
(a) Replace all doors, trim, windows, window shades,
blackboards, hang strips and bulletin boards.
(b) Replacement doors to have vision panels, base trim to be
replaced with rubber cove base and blackboards to be replaced
with non-chalk, non-erase boards.
(c) For energy conservation, a portion of the replacement
windows should have solid vinyl inserts.
(d) Where feasible, ceiling grids should be cleaned and
repaired. All acoustic ceiling tiles should be replaced with a
uniform design. If cost justifiable, insulated tiles should be
considered in place of standard tiles.
(e) Energy efficient light fixtures and lens should be
considered, if cost justifiable.
(f) Given that the wood floors seem to be in acceptable
condition, replacement floor coverings should be evaluated on a
case by case basis. Consideration should be given to replacement
of any asbestos containing floor tiles.
(g) We assume that in most cases, the existing plaster/lath
walls can be repaired and resurfaced. Given that electrical
conduit has been surfaced mounted, we assume it would not be
economical to reface the existing walls with sheetrock.
Sheetrock should be used for new partition walls or severely
damaged walls. For surface mounting, wire mold should replace
conduit where replacement is necessary.
(h) Remains of partial interior partitions should be removed and
rooms fully integrated as one unit of space.
Recommendation # 4:
All corridors, classrooms and accessory rooms should be
professionally painted. Specific attention should be given to
doors, door frames, ceilings and exterior entrances. Bathroom
stalls and brass plumbing fixtures should be replaced and a
ventilation system installed.
Where and if at all possible, the
following guidelines and practices should be implemented:
All recommendations by the Diocesan Visiting Team for the
School Improvement Process should be completed, except
replacement of the 60’s Addition bathrooms.
All asbestos containing materials (ACM) should be removed or
encapsulated. A monitoring plan for ACM’s should be implemented.
Where cost justifiable, energy efficient replacement products
should be installed.
All life/safety codes should be followed. This may require
air locks at interior staircases and upgrades to fire safety
warning and suppression devices.
Additional storage areas should be designated and storage
items removed from janitor closets and other non-designated
Consideration should be given to purchasing a basic
computerized maintenance reminder program. Manufacturer’s
maintenance specifications, instructions and schedules to be
programmed for boilers, water heaters, life/safety equipment,
HVAC controls, ventilation fans, flush valves, safety
The lowest levels of the 1920’s building should be converted
to storage or maintenance use. This includes the girl’s and
boy’s locker rooms and restrooms. When possible, this should
apply to the present music room and pre-kindergarten room.
Ideally, the upper (cold) lunch room and upper gymnasium seating
gallery should also be closed. Footnote #5
Implement a standard policy for future placement of clocks,
pictures, learning aids, hanging devices, etc.
Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) guidelines should be
followed concerning all new construction projects. Where
feasible and cost reasonable, ADA guidelines should be applied
to the refurbishment of existing areas.
The following floor plan changes should
The teacher’s lounge, principal’s office and front desk area
should be expanded to include a sick room area, enlarged
principal’s office and front desk area only. The teacher’s
lounge should be relocated to the cold lunch room area and this
room enclosed and remodeled for this purpose.
The 4th grade classroom (563 s.f.) should be expanded to
include the art room (452 s.f.). The art room should be
relocated and combined with the science room function to the
stage area. Footnote #7
A new pre-kindergarten room of approximately 949 s.f. should
be constructed utilizing the lower (hot) lunch room and old
gymnasium area with access off the 1960’s Addition corridor. Or,
the alternative (due to the presence of water/waste lines)
utilize the newly constructed room for the 4th grade and utilize
the expanded 4th grade room for pre-kindergarten.
Expand the kitchen from 336 s.f. to 624 s.f. or more
(depending on space required by freezers located elsewhere,
etc.) and utilize the balance of the old gymnasium for a
cafeteria/commons area. Remove lower and upper level gallery
seating, supporting columns to remain. Footnote # 9
Convert the top floor library to modern boy’s and girl’s
restrooms utilizing the old nurse’s room and excess floor
circulation area. Footnote #10
Utilize the top floor computer room, library annex area,
janitor’s closet, storage/server room and excess floor
circulation area to create new, separate rooms for the library
and computer instruction room. Footnote #11
Convert the top floor restrooms to a janitor’s closet and a
storage closet. Install a water heater to provide hot water for
Explore moving the music room to the new multi-purpose
building. Footnote #12
Room Schedule—1920’s Building
Pre-kindergarten - 21’ x 29’ = 609 s.f.
Kindergarten - 26’ x 36’6” = 949 s.f.
1st Grade - 26’ x 36’6” = 949 s.f.
2nd Grade - 26’ x 36’6” = 949 s.f.
3rd Grade - 26’ x 36’6” = 949 s.f.
4th Grade - 18’11” x 29’9” = 563 s.f.
5th Grade - 18’9” x 29’1” + 23’4” x 20’8” = 1,026 s.f.
6th Grade - 19’8” x 41’7” = 819 s.f.
7th Grade - 19’8” x 41’7” + 23’6” x 20’11” = 1,026 s.f.
8th Grade - 19’8” x 41’7” = 819 s.f.
Art Room - 21’9” x 20’10” = 452 s.f.
Music Room - 23’ x 29’3” = 673 s.f.
Library - 18’6” x 26’4” = 487 s.f.
Faculty Lounge - 18’9” x 28’8” = 536 s.f.
Front Desk - 13’6” x 20’8” = 278 s.f.
Sick Room Presently None
Kitchen - 16’ x 21’ = 336 s.f.
Title I - 11’ x 20’8” = 227 s.f.
Science Room Presently 8th Grade Home Room
Computer Room - 29’8” x 38’ = 1,127 s.f.
Hot and Cold Lunch - 16’ x 34’ + 19’ x 41’2” = 1,326 s.f.
Gymnasium - 37’6” x 58’4” = 2,186 s.f.
Stage - 20’7” x 41’4” = 854 s.f.
Various restrooms, old locker rooms, boiler room, janitor’s
closet and storage areas
Enrollment—2005/2006 School Year
Footnotes to the “Suggestions/Findings/Rationale” document:
Action on the 1960’s Addition boiler and heating controls was
referred to the Parish Properties Maintenance Committee. The
circulation pump was replaced and the boiler was returned to
The proposed multi-purpose building will include all of the
above. The existing kitchen will be expanded and relocated to
the present day stage area. This will allow concessions to be
served to the multi-purpose building from the kitchen’s north
side and lunch to be served to the school’s commons/cafeteria
from the kitchen’s south side. The present plan calls for the
art room to be re-located to the present day pre-K room. The
music room will remain in its present day location.
Action on the 1960’s Addition refurbishment was referred to
the Parish Properties Maintenance Committee.
A monitoring plan for Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM) was
put in place by the Diocese in the 1990’s.
The boy’s and girl’s locker rooms will be converted to
storage use. The new multi-purpose building will contain boy’s
and girl’s locker rooms, as well as a Director of Physical
Education Office. The upper (cold) lunch room will be removed. A
decision on removal of the upper west side gallery seating has
not been finalized.
A restroom adjacent to the sick room will also be
incorporated into the expanded administrative office area.
Removal of the cold lunch room (upper gallery area) will allow
for the teacher’s lounge to be re-located to the present day hot
lunch room area. The teacher’s lounge will have full height
ceilings and modern amenities.
Art classes will be relocated to the present day pre-K room.
The present plan calls for the existing 4th grade room to
expand into the present day art room. A new pre-K room will be
constructed in the present-day kitchen area.
A decision on removal of the upper west side gallery seating
has not been finalized.
The top floor library will remain “as is”. New proposed
restrooms will come from space currently under used, such as the
old nurse’s room, storage/server room, and excess floor
The computer instruction room will be relocated to the 8th
grade/Science home room. The present day computer room/library
annex area will be the 8th grade/Science home room. Switching
rooms for these functions will allow them to be “right” sized.
The music room will remain “as is”.