Columbia Heights High School Performing Arts Space Needs

  • CHALLENGES
    Safety and security concerns and space deficiencies that limit programs and learning opportunities for students.

    Outdated performing art spaces for our students and community; insufficient learning space for our current and expanding band program.

    PERFORMING ARTS SPACE IMPROVEMENTS
    (QUESTION 2)

    • Outdated and inadequate stage lighting, sound, video and control systems.
    • Aging seating, curtains, stage floor, carpeting and wall finishes have outlived their useful life.
    • Stage that lacks a ramp for compliance with 
      Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
    • Insufficient student dressing rooms.
    • Lack of space for student and community performances.

    HIGH SCHOOL BAND ROOM ADDITION 
    (QUESTION 3)

    • Shortage of band classroom space for our current and expanding band program.
    • Shortage of practice space, lack of proper instrument repair and cleaning space and lack of storage.
    • Poor acoustics and lighting.

    SOLUTIONS
    Upgrade learning spaces to prepare students to succeed in a world that is very different than when these buildings were built over 50 years ago.

    The plan proposed for improved arts spaces at the High School gives the District opportunity to retain and expand its performing and instrumental arts programming. Our students, from elementary through high school, love music and participating in band!

    PERFORMING ARTS SPACE IMPROVEMENTS
    (QUESTION 2)

    • Upgrade stage accessibility to ensure compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
    • Update existing stages to support school and community programming.
    • Replace and expand auditorium seating.
    • Replace lighting and sound systems; upgrade outdated sound and lighting booth.
    • Replace the stage curtains.
    • Upgrade dressing rooms.

    Budget: $1,751,538 (Electrical Upgrades, Sound/Acoustic Upgrades, Finish Improvements, High School Gym Stage Renovation)

    HIGH SCHOOL BAND ROOM ADDITION
    (QUESTION 3)

    • Build a band classroom to meet our current and expanding instrumental music programs.
    • Provide separate practice spaces, instrument repair and cleaning spaces, increased instrument storage and improved acoustics.
    • Improve energy efficiency and increase natural lighting.

     Budget: $2,785,015 (Addition, Remodel, Contingency, Owner/Soft Costs -- professional fees, permits, testing, furniture, technology, insurances, surveys, bidding, etc.)

For More Information...

  • For more information on the 2018 Bond Referendum, contact Director of Technolog, Security and Building Operations Bryan Hennekens at 763-528-4479.