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FALL 2015

Wilson and Polytechnic Auditoriums Get Makeovers

Wilson Auditorium Modernization to begin
Poly auditorium modernization



Measure K school bonds are funding the renovations of two high school auditoriums.

The 86-year-old Wilson Classical High School auditorium will get a major makeover this fall, including structural improvements, two elevators, refurbished seating, upgraded restrooms new wall and floor finishes, a control room, catwalk and lighting.

In addition, roofing, heating, fire sprinklers, the alarm system and A/V equipment will be replaced, and several other upgrades will serve to meet current American With Disabilities Act standards.

Even with these improvements, the auditorium will retain much of its historical flavor. Period architectural features will be refurbished, including the original windows, seating and lobby area.

"We wanted to keep some of the spirit of the historic building," said Superintendent Christopher J. Steinhauser. "The new auditorium will be much more comfortable and will allow for better use of the entire space by students and staff."

The $12.5 million project will be completed in 2017.

The modernization of the auditorium at Polytechnic High School, now underway, is also funded by the Measure K Bond program.

Major renovations to the 1935 art modern building include seismic retrofitting and upgrading the fire alarm, lighting, plumbing, air conditioning and audio/visual systems.

To retain the auditorium’s historic character, the project scope calls for new finishes on the existing wood stage flooring and a new tiered seating layout with refurbished original seats.

A new acoustical ceiling and a complete interior paint job are also planned, along with the addition of handicap accessible ramps, restrooms and exterior walkways.

Finally, the parking lot will be upgraded and new directional signage installed. This $14 million project has been in progress since January and is scheduled to be completed by summer of 2016.