Grange Middle School1975 Blossom AvenueFairfield, CA 94533In the Summer of 2006, the District successfully finalized the Completion of Grange Middle School. Since the opening of the school in the 1970’s, the school has been without a gymnasium, administration building or athletic fields. For the completion project, the District constructed a new gymnasium, a new administration building, a four classroom addition and new athletic fields.The new gymnasium is 11,960 square feet and includes full size basketball and volleyball courts, practice volleyball and basketball courts, a theatrical stage, student restrooms and a ticket booth. The stage incorporates in a projection screen, theatre curtains, lighting and sound systems for performances. The stage also has a folding partition allowing the stage to double as a classroom or meeting room. Cowall panels on the north and south walls and skylights in the gym provide for natural lighting during the day time to minimize electricity usage.The classroom addition includes four new classrooms complete with electronic SmartBoards, wiring for internet access and cable TV and plenty of built in storage. The new rooms also take advantage of natural lighting for an enhanced learning environment for students.The new administration building is 3,600 square feet and has offices for counselors and administrators and several conference rooms, including a conference room used for individualized lesson plan meetings. The arched entry area provides for an inviting, open space for staff and visitors.
Other components of the completion project involved the addition of athletic fields; two softball fields, one soccer field, one football field and a new decomposed granite running track. Significant landscaping renovations were made to the campus, the front parking lot was redone and expanded and two aging portables in the front were demolished. The old makeshift gym was converted into an indoor eating facility to give students a place to hang out during recess out of the rain.
The completion work also included a second modernization. The modernization consisted of flooring replacement throughout the main buildings, additional remodeling of student restrooms and extensive landscaping repairs to the site. The work was done over the summer of 2005.
The Completion project was finished in the Summer of 2006. VBN Architects of Oakland was the Architect of Record. Facility Services provided Construction Management. J.W. & Sons of Petaluma was the General Contractor. Solano Communications and Electric of Fairfield was the lead electrical contractor.