Dzantik'i Heeni building, grounds to see improvements

Posted: Monday, February 02, 2004

The Juneau Assembly has appropriated $400,000 to improve the building and grounds at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School.

Most of the projects will start and be completed this summer, School Facilities Director Fred Wilson said. Other work - the planning of landscaping and new playing fields - will take longer, said City Architect Catherine Fritz, who is managing the project.

School officials found deficiencies in the 1994 building, and the funded work will help preserve its life, Wilson said.

The projects are:

• Security, lighting, alarms and fencing, at $30,000. The lighting is complete. The basic alarm system has been installed, but several additional items are needed to make the system fully functional. A fence may be built at the back of the school.

• Wooden floor trim repairs, at $25,000. Many areas of existing trim need to be removed and replaced with more durable material.

• Window shades in the commons, at $35,000.

• Trail system loop and spurs, phase II, at $10,000. Phase I of the trail system is nearly complete. The final four bridges will be installed in early spring. Phase II would create an additional spur.

• Art room repairs, at $25,000.

• Electrical repairs, at $15,000. Design and construction of additional lighting around the art above the stairway and the totem pole outside.

• Exterior painting, at $100,000. The original exterior painting is 10 years old and needs cleaning and a fresh coat of paint.

• Bicycle storage area, at $15,000.

• Gymnasium sound system repairs, at $25,000

• Landscaping repairs, at $100,000. Two landscape areas in front of the school will be reviewed with school and maintenance staff. The funding includes design and construction.

• Site planning for playing fields, at $20,000. Expansion of the existing play field and construction of an outdoor basketball court were identified in the school's master plan as possible additions. Both components involve difficult site conditions, including wetlands and steep slopes, the city said.

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