Red Deer Public Schools’ administration building will finally get a much needed upgrade.
Money held in reserve from the sale of North School will allow the Central Services building, at 4747 53rd St., to undergo extensive upgrades, including a building envelope and electrical system upgrade that total $673,783.
“Things are just aging out. We have all kinds of heating issues, insulation issues,” said Della Ruston, associate superintendent of systems services, including facilities services, at Red Deer Public Schools.
Exterior walls will be replaced with new insulation, windows on the north side will be replaced and crawl spaces will be insulated.
Constructed in 1953, the building was first used as the Industrial Arts Building. In 1961 it was expanded to accommodate all district administration into the one building. Additions were added in 1967 and 1971.
It’s the first phase of upgrades to the building. Work will begin immediately and likely continue until fall 2022. The second phase will address heating, ventilation and cooling systems.
About 50 to 65 people work at Central Services, with many more visiting regularly to attend meetings.
Ruston said constructing a new administration building near the district’s facility services shop by the Memorial Centre has been considered, but the preference has always been to stay put.
“We always come back to the fact that the location is very central, plus we want to continue to support the downtown area so we’ve always felt strongly that this was a good location for us.”
About $4.8 million in upgrades and maintenance projects was also budgeted this year to keep schools in the district shipshape for students.
She said some of bigger projects are at older schools, like Gateway Christian School and Eastview Middle School.
“We’re fortunate we have a few new schools and we have some schools that were modernized in the last few years. Those schools we can take off our radar and just do minor touch ups that may be necessary.”
District projects include several flooring replacements and concrete repairs, asbestos abatement, and creating barrier free schools.