Learning Gives you Wings: Elementary school upgrades while class is in session
Whitcomb Elementary underwent a recent renovation to seismically upgrade its original 1958 structure into a modern learning facility equipped with new break-out learning spaces, corridors joining two wings of classrooms, and a new covered entrance. The construction took place as school was in session.
DCI Engineers conducted a feasibility assessment of the school and provided structural engineering services for the renovation and seismic upgrade. The engineering team designed the conventional wood framing systems for the new classroom wings; the vestibule between the gym and the main school building which acts as the seismic joint; and the new concrete masonry unit fire separate wall between the gym and the covered play area.
- Two new wings of classrooms were added to the school.
- Modular classroom buildings were replaced with corridors connecting new learning areas to the main building.
- A new cross laminated timber canopy entrance welcomes students, staff, and visitors.
- New interior wood paneling creates a warm learning environment.
- More natural light reaches interior corridors, common areas, and classrooms.