By Nancy Whitney
Birmingham Elementary is set to get some much-needed renovations this summer due to the $94.2 million bond that was approved during the Nov. 4, 2014 vote.
The 29 year-old school will see $339,000 in work to upgrade the technology system, safety concerns, renovations and additions over the next two years.
The project began in May and is projected for completion in September. This work includes the installation of a fence off the park; a badge system and access control to accommodate for safety concerns; the addition of wireless access points; network upgrades; a new paging / bell system; portable sound system for the choir room; projectors will be replaced and network switching closets will be upgraded.
Birmingham, Akin and Dodd Elementary Schools will get roof repairs over the summer, a project projected to cost $2,194,437. The roofing renovations began May 26 with the bulk of the roofing materials delivered to Birmingham Elementary. Saratoga Roofing has replaced approximately 10 percent of the total roof area.
LED lighting in parking lots and updated digital signage will be installed in May 2016. Both items are scheduled for completion in September 2016.
Renovations, additions and security upgrades have been started but will not see completion until September 2017. They include replacing exterior doors, installing hand dryers in all bathrooms and updating/replacing exterior lighting.
August 2017 all fire alarms will be replaced. This project is projected to take one month and would be completed by September 2017.
The elementary is scheduled for upgrades to the campus A/V equipment, network and wireless systems to allow for 21st century learning.
Construction throughout the district is under the management of Gallagher Construction Services and PBK Architects.
For additional information on Birmingham Elementary construction visit http://www.wylieisd.net/domain/2498.