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West Middle School required renovations and life-safety upgrades throughout the entire 150,000-square-foot facility. RTA completed a thorough facility assessment and survey prior to proceeding with system designs. One of the life-safety upgrades was a fire sprinkler system, which was implemented with many routine challenges presented by the existing pre-cast concrete structure. Mechanical system upgrades included new ductwork routing. Electrical system upgrades included distribution equipment, emergency lighting, exit signage, fire alarm system upgrades, a new intercom system, replacement of sound systems in common areas and gymnasiums, a new master clock system, and technology upgrades to all classrooms.
This 1,000-student middle school was occupied during construction, necessitating the need for five distinct construction phases. Phase 1 provided reconfiguration of the existing parent and bus drop-off loops, including grading and drainage issues. Phases 2 through 5 divided up the interior renovation scopes of work in order to maintain the educational environment, allowed phasing of MEP scopes of work, and appropriately managed the CM/GC’s construction phasing.