The $26.5 million project consisted of 9 phases, completed while the school was fully occupied. Challenges included controlling dust, air quality and noise; curious students and faculty; and system shutdowns in the occupied building. Renovations demolished and remodeled the 265,000 sf building, with the exception of exterior walls and interior corridor walls.
In the auditorium, the old brick walls maintain a vintage look in the modernized theater with new sound and lighting equipment. The old wooden chairs in the theater have been replaced with new padded ones. Prior to the renovation, the school did not have air conditioning, and now there are 40 new Airedale heating and cooling units. The renovation also included adding wireless Internet throughout the school, projectors and computers in the classrooms, new windows, lighting, flooring and skylights.
The library received a new roof, greenhouse for life science, commercial grade equipment for culinary arts, and an elevator. The welding and wood shops were renovated, and new teacher office areas were added. A filtration system was installed in the pool, sprinkler systems were put in throughout the school, and the building was made handicap accessible. Greg Tucker, East High’s associate principal, said the school has “a great new feel,” adding that he thinks the renovation turned out “fantastic.”