By Shannon Lukens.
Steamboat Springs High School is going through a transformation, both inside the building and outside in the parking lot. The work is being done because of the bond issue that voters approved in 2018. While some is cosmetic, other features are being updated. An example is the sprinkler system. New sprinkler heads are being added. The high school was built in 1965 and remodeled in 1997. About 75 employees are working on the remodel and improvements this summer.
We took a tour with the Facilities Director for the District, Pascal Ginesta. He expects the work to be done by the first day of school in late August.
Gardner Field at Steamboat Springs High School reopens to the public today. Some warranty work was being done on the turf and they are putting in new striping. The field will still be closed to organized user groups this summer. That’s because parking is limited due to the construction at the high school.
The curbs, gutters, and sidewalks are all being replaced with snowmelt concrete. These are the same sidewalks installed back in 1997.
About 65 new parking spaces are being added to the high school parking lot. A bus loop is being added to the front of the building. At the old entrance to the parking lot, that is where the Parent Dropoff will be. Parents can drive in, drop off their kids, and drive right back out.
The music rooms have been re-done with new ceilings and carpet, as has the wood shop and welding rooms.
New carpet is going in throughout the building. It is modular pieces of carpet which makes it very easy to replace if a section is damaged. This is the Spring Creek Pod, where classrooms are getting their new carpet right now.
In the new addition, new gender-neutral bathrooms have been added on each floor.
The Career Tech room has been upgraded with zero maintenance floor. This saves on work for the school custodians, so they don’t have to polish, wax, or refinish floors each year.
The theater was built in 1965. It is getting all new seating, new carpeting, new paint, and new curtains. The fire sprinkler system is also being upgraded in the theater. Plus there will be new house lighting.
This is the old Band Room. Then it was the room for Health Class. Now it will be the Stagecraft Room for the Drama Department. It has new cabinetry and a washer and dryer.
The new Health Room has skylights that can be opened and closed for natural lighting.
The new Science/Chemistry room is state-of-the-art, college level, with fume hoods, chemical storage, waxless flooring.
The Digital Photography room is set up with computers and everything necessary for photography classes.
The Ceramics room has net cabinets, counters, and flooring with a complete renovation. There are also two new kilns. The Art Room has new cabinets as well.
The locker rooms, both for the home teams and visiting teams, have new shower bays with curtains, and new bathrooms. They have new lockers that are bigger for equipment like lacrosse sticks. The athletic department has more organized storage.