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Improving Accessibility at an 80-year-old High School
Effingham Jr. High School in Effingham, Illinois, required major renovations of its 1939 and 1964 combined buildings. The existing 112,000-square-foot building needed accessibility, safety, and security upgrades, as well as modern learning environment enhancements. The school district hired Poettker Construction Company as the construction manager for the consultation and execution of its restoration project.
The project required an adaptable, unique construction schedule because the building was near full student capacity. The school district and Poettker Construction decided the lowest impact solution was utilizing the summer at full potential. Phases were organized into priorities and goals to be accomplished by the end of each summer. Phase one emphasized the safety and accessibility of the school.
The $15 million renovation project provided a 21st century educational space for Effingham Jr. High School students at a fraction of what a new building would cost. It is still the same hallways the rural community’s alumni walked, but inside the classrooms are learning environments that have moved forward 100 years.
Accessibility is a breeze: