Neepawa’s high school has a ‘new lease on life’ thanks to some work completed over the summer.
Since earlier this year, Neepawa Area Collegiate Institute has undergone $1.75 million in repairs and upgrades.
Work completed at the school has resulted in new foundations, sloped metal roofing, proper crawlspace ventilation, a new building envelope, improved insulation and new windows all being improved and renewed in the junior high section of NACI.
The upgrades became a necessity for this year after the Beautiful Plains School Division (BPSD) was informed some of the work was an imminent need.
“The urgent structural matter was the entire junior high section perimeter foundation (grade beams),” BPSD secretary treasurer Gord Olmstead explained. “The concrete beams were deteriorating to a point that the building could be compromised.
“The entire grade beams had to be replaced. Removing the existing grade beams meant removal of the exterior brick and a full wall envelope with new, larger windows.”
Exterior brick work has yet to be completed at the school, and is anticipated to be completed in September and October.
Fortunately for students and staff at NACI, the project is on schedule and the BPSD is anticipating to be cleared for occupancy in the junior high area before the first day of school today, Sept. 5.
And while the building itself has been upgraded, the classrooms will remain much the same as before.
“The interior rooms have not changed except for new, larger windows resulting in more natural light,” Olmstead explained.
The $1.75 million cost of repairs and upgrades at NACI has been funded by the Provincial Government.
Meanwhile, two other BPSD schools underwent summer projects.
Hazel M. Kellington’s school interior was painted and two portable classrooms were added on its grounds to cope with increased enrollment.
At Brookdale, its school now sports a new sidewalk and washroom renovations.