North Side renovation completed - Fact Sheet - August 19, 2005
BACKGROUND North Side High School is one of Fort Wayne Community Schools’ six high schools. It is perched on 11 acres and features a neo-classic architecture and circular style that left Fort Wayne citizens awe-struck when it opened in the fall of 1927. More than 75 years later, its enrollment has more than doubled from the original 700 and its numerous staircases, steep steps and small doorways made accessibility difficult. After nearly two years of study that included numerous community meetings, in the neighborhood around North Side and at the school giving the public an opportunity for input into the project, and two feasibility studies that helped keep the focus on matching needs with financial restraint, the decision was made to seek a bond levy for the project. The November 13, 2001 deadline for remonstrance petitions to be filed with the Allen County auditor’s office passed with none submitted opposing the North Side renovation project. ABOUT THE RENOVATION SchenkelShultz Architecture’s Indianapolis office designed the project. Focus of the renovation included: safety and security - there were more than 40 doors where people could enter or leave the building; parking/traffic flow that was congested and unsafe; a cafeteria that was once a rifle range; classrooms that were two-thirds the size recommended by the state; the need for replacement equipment and greater efficiency in heating/AC; the need for handicap accessibility from entrances, in restrooms and for better access to each floor; and technology wiring and equipment throughout the building. Groundbreaking for the $49 million project took place December 2, 2002. RENOVATION - A SUCCESS WITH - The addition of 117,054 square feet now brings North Side High School to a whopping 403,107 square feet - making it Fort Wayne Community School’s largest high school! Acreage for the school is now 17.06 compared to 12.7 before the renovation began. And 319 parking spaces have been added. ADDRESSING SAFETY CONCERNS: A new entrance off of Parnell Avenue that addresses traffic flow and safety problems and includes a new traffic light. These improvements were made in partnership with the City of Fort Wayne. New fire alarm system. North Side is now fully accessible and compliant with the American with Disabilities Act (ADA). All restrooms are new and all are accessible. And, the school has two new elevators, bringing it to a total of three elevators. All classrooms have telephones.
ADDRESSING ACADEMIC CONCERNS: Classroom size increased from 600 square feet to over 900 square feet. New technology is in every classroom: new computers in student labs, new teacher workstations. Most noticeable are the state-of-the-art audio-visual systems in each classroom. The systems include an LCD projector connected to the teacher’s desktop computer; VCR/DVD, cable and document image camera. Teachers can go from one to the other seamlessly because the systems are controlled electronically inside the classroom walls. New media center. New band and music rooms. New gymnasium, now known as the By Hey Arena. A new cafeteria and kitchen featuring state-of-the-art design and equipment. A new, large commons area will be welcomed by students. All new student lockers. Constructed a new curricular or extra-curricular field. Renovated the auditorium including new seats, new lighting and sound system, and an orchestral lift. (This work will not be done until later this fall.) Renovating the pool. (This work is just beginning.) OTHER CHANGES/STRUCTURAL AND MORE: New administrative offices. All windows were replaced. New heating, ventilating, air-conditioning system and building management system.