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Legacy Class XXXV - Project Team 6

Capitol Heights Middle School
Teacher Workroom Renovation

Name of Team Captain: Mona Hurston

Team Member Names: Dick Meinert, Brian Miller, Carol Potok, Greg Sellers, Shanta Varma

Agency Assisted: Capitol Heights Middle School

Project’s Thematic Area: Public Education

Project Location: Capitol Heights Middle School

Date(s) of Implementation: January 24, 2019 to April 1, 2019

Duration of Project: 2+ months

Who was served by the project?

This project benefits the administration, faculty, staff, students, parents, and guests of Capitol Heights Middle School.

How many people benefited from this project?

The members of CHMS plan to use this room as a work and meeting space, but also to host parents and guests of the school. This space also houses the adult restrooms for the building. Therefore, this space will be used by hundreds of people per year.

Final Project Description:

We renovated the teacher workroom at Capitol Heights Middle School.

What is the vision for the future of the project:

Our vision is that this renovation will serve as an example of the kind of work that can be done when connecting MPS schools to community partners. We want the renovations to continue throughout the school and beyond to other schools.

Describe exactly how your project was implemented.

The following was our work plan:

Information Gathering

Our group met with the teachers of Capitol Heights to obtain information about the needs and wants for their teacher workroom. After that meeting and conversations with our contact, Camille Anderson-Finley, and the principal, Cheryl Fountain, we learned the following about this project:

  • The function of this space is primarily a workroom and bathroom facilities.
  • This is NOT a lounge or hangout spot (directly from Ms. Fountain).
  • The priorities from Ms. Fountain for this space are refinishing the floors, painting, making a better functioning layout, and obtaining new workstation furniture pieces (mostly tables and seating for tables).
  • Lower priority wants would be a new microwave and coffee pot.
  • We needed to have professionals refinish the floors, and paint the room (due to the possibility of lead-based paint; the damage to the walls, windows, and doors; and the height of the ceilings).
  • The ideal time for the floors and painting work to occur was during the week of Spring Break, March 17-24.

Tasks Completed

  • With the assistance of Ms. Fountain we had a list of items that would stay in the room, and those that would come out. Some of the furniture was broken or not functioning well for the space. Therefore, we made a plan for the types of furniture pieces that would need to be purchased.
  • Full measurements were taken of the space, which actually included 6 different smaller “rooms” that were all connected.
  • These measurements were set to Angelica Rojas, an architecture student, who agreed to draft a floor plan for our team to use during planning. She did this for no cost.
  • A basic color design was planned with Camille Anderson-Finley. Ms. Fountain approved it. Floors would be natural; trim, doors, and windows would be black; walls would be white; and we would use pops of red in the accessories.
  • We got bids from paint and flooring companies, and hired Robert Evans Paint Service and Birdwood Floors.
  • We met with Chris Akins, an owner at Alabama Furniture Market. He worked with us on lowering the cost of furniture pieces needed for the room.
  • With the work bids, and estimates on furniture, small appliances, and accessories, we made an initial budget of $10,000.
  • We started fundraising by creating a solicitation letter for businesses, going in person to talk to business and community leaders, and talking to individuals for donations.
  • The team started the renovation of the room by taking out the carpet. This was very labor intensive.
  • The floors, repairs to the walls, doors and windows, and painting were done March 16- 31. At our request, Ms. Fountain put in a work order to fix the light in the men’s room, repair the wood rot and broken widows, and replace a missing doorknob. MPS failed to complete these tasks before our work began. Therefore, we bought a new doorknob to fit the 90-year-old hardware, and hired Johnny Golden of Gold Hands to repair the windows. MPS sent someone at the end of our project to fix the light. The wiring was burnt on the inside of the fixture. We requested that the three fixtures of the same type in the room be replaced.
  • A member of the team was on-site with the workers during Spring Break, and over the three weekends that spanned this project. Someone was also there at least three times a days when the children were in the building.
  • We bought a table and six chairs, a storage piece for one of the ladies’ rooms, a desk and desk chair, a marble top table for the microwave and coffee station, a small shelving unit for dry food and coffee storage; a mirror for the ladies’ room; a microwave, coffee pot, and coffee supplies; and decorative accessories. The total cost for these items and the repair work done was $10,843.15.
  • We sent out a press release to local new agencies.
  • We had an Open House on April 1 for the faculty, staff, and administration of CHMS; the donors; the community partners; and the press. WAKA covered the OH.

How many volunteer hours were devoted to this project?

  • Team meetings to discuss project: 6 hours (1 hour x 6 team members)
  • Meeting with CHMS staff and viewing the space: 4 hours (1 hour x 4 team members)
  • Soliciting donations: 6 hours (1 hour averaged over the team)
  • Time spent meeting people related to with flooring, painting, wood repair, furniture, gallery wall: 2 hours
  • Time spend interviewing community partners, creating a press release, creating a donor letter, requesting media coverage: 3 hours
  • Measuring the space, taking photos of the room, and drawing a draft for the architecture student to create floor plan: 1 hour
  • Removal of carpet: 18 hours (3 hours x 6 team members)
  • Creation of the weekly reports and emails for information sharing and planning purposes: 5 hours
  • Taking photographs through school for gallery wall:1 hour
  • Time spent supervising workers: 77 hours
  • Setting up room, scraping windows, cleaning room: 28 hours
  • Making the Open House presentation book: 1 hour
  • Open House: 13 hours (3 hours for 2 team members; 1 hour for one team member; 2 hours for 3 team members)
Total Hours Spent: 165
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