Sullivan Middle SchoolCurrently: Sullivan Inter-Agency Youth Services Center2195 Union AvenueFairfield, CA 94533Modernization
During the Summer of 2003, Sullivan Middle School received an uplift through a modernization project. The major focus of the work was to bring the school up to conformance with ADA standards, provide HVAC for the locker rooms and coaches’ offices, improve the HVAC in the gym, and install new windows and mini blinds. The new windows were a huge improvement to classrooms, both for aesthetics and for better insulation. In the project, new handicap accessible door hardware was placed on almost every door in the main building. The project also included installing handicap accessible sinks and new countertops in all the main building classrooms, new drinking fountains inside and out, a wheelchair lift in the Multipurpose Room, and three new handicap ramps to the main buildings. The work further involved renovation of two staff restrooms for ADA accessibility. The restrooms in the girls’ and boys’ locker rooms were also renovated. The restroom work included making handicap accessible stalls and installing new tile for the walls and floors. Additional work included providing new fire-proof roll up doors for the kitchen serving window and new attendance counters in the Administration Office.
To compliment the modernization project, the District Maintenance Department resurfaced the maple floors in the gym during the summer as well. The wood floor is one of the nicest flooring systems available and provides cushioning for sports activity that out performs even newer, synthetic flooring.
The District funded the project using money from the local Measure C bond. Matching funds were provided from the State of California under the State’s School Facility Program. The Architect of Record was VBN Architects. Construction Management was by Turner Construction Co. Inc. The contractor was Bell Products of Napa.New Classrooms
Thanks to Measure C, the District removed several portable buildings and trailers and several old storage sheds at the school. The District constructed 12 new classrooms, 1 new restroom building, and a new band building to replace the old buildings.
The new layout of the campus significantly enhances the environment for students, allows for additional landscaping and aesthetics, safer classroom placement and optimal use of the campus space. The new classrooms are closer to the main building to shorten the walking distance between classes and keeps students from having to walk across the parking lot to access classrooms. The District constructed a new parking lot in the footprint of where some of the portables were removed, which also resolves traffic circulation and parking issues.
The new classrooms offer advantages over the older portables and trailers. The classrooms have open vaulted ceilings with windows to let in natural lighting and are orientated north and south to minimize heating and cooling needs. These state-of-the art classrooms come equipped with computer and cable TV outlets, a multi-layered sliding teaching wall, lots of natural lighting, built in sinks and built-in storage. The rooms were also constructed using modern building technologies. The new classrooms were designed by ATI Architects of Danville.
The new band building will have vaulted ceilings, acoustical walls, built-in storage for music instruments, sinks for washing equipment and computer
data connections. Sullivan Middle School has an award-winning music and band program, which will be able to flourish all the more with the new band facility. The building will have approximately 1,400 square feet of usable space.
The project, completed Fall 2004, was constructed by Swank Construction of Vacaville. Facility Services of Napa provided Construction Management.Information about additional projects coming soon.