Summer renovations underway at Steele


By Jason Hawk - jhawk@civitasmedia.com



Photos by Jason Hawk | Amherst News-Times Workers from C&C Concrete pave an Amherst Steele High School parking lot, one of several big upgrades the property is getting while students are on summer break.


The Steele media center is unrecognizable inside, stripped of its aesthetic components to be rebuilt as a high-tech learning space where students can work together on projects. The goal, educators have said, is to prepare them for collaboration in the workforce.


An unimaginable amount of concrete and sandstone was stripped from inside the Amherst Steele media center earlier this month.


Three big projects are well underway at Amherst Steele High School this summer.

The two biggest began the day after the final bell rang and students emptied the building, said principal Michael May.

The board of education is spending $341,600 to transform the media center, located just off the main lobby, into a high-tech Tomorrowland of learning.

Apex Construction workers have ripped the inside of the center apart, stripping it down to rebuild the space with an open concept. When complete, district technology expert Mark Kostur said it will prominently feature collaborative learning areas and making use of wireless Internet, video production tools, presentation software, and tablets.

The Amherst Education Foundation gave $200,000 to allow the project to go forward.

On the far south side of the high school, Sona Construction of Cleveland is busy overhauling the lobby entrance near the Comets’ main gym.

The school board hired the firm at a cost of $559,800 to redesign the space, update very old bathrooms, re-engineer a stairway/ramp combo leading to classrooms, and overhaul an indoor concessions area.

Superintendent Steven Sayers has said the lobby area is arguably the most public space in the school system, used for basketball and volleyball games, wrestling matches, and other sporting events.

Outside, a stretch of parking lot along the east face of the building is being repaved.

C&C Concrete of LaGrange has been hired at a cost of $157,170 to put a new concrete surface along a stretch just outside the media center on Washington Avenue.

The job was originally intended to use asphalt, but the board of education decided to spend an additional $47,000 to prolong the life of the lot with concrete.

Jason Hawk can be reached at 440-988-2801 or @EditorHawk on Twitter.

Photos by Jason Hawk | Amherst News-Times Workers from C&C Concrete pave an Amherst Steele High School parking lot, one of several big upgrades the property is getting while students are on summer break.

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Photos by Jason Hawk | Amherst News-Times Workers from C&C Concrete pave an Amherst Steele High School parking lot, one of several big upgrades the property is getting while students are on summer break.

The Steele media center is unrecognizable inside, stripped of its aesthetic components to be rebuilt as a high-tech learning space where students can work together on projects. The goal, educators have said, is to prepare them for collaboration in the workforce.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2016/06/web1_DSC_2259.jpgThe Steele media center is unrecognizable inside, stripped of its aesthetic components to be rebuilt as a high-tech learning space where students can work together on projects. The goal, educators have said, is to prepare them for collaboration in the workforce.

An unimaginable amount of concrete and sandstone was stripped from inside the Amherst Steele media center earlier this month.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2016/06/web1_20160603_134658.jpgAn unimaginable amount of concrete and sandstone was stripped from inside the Amherst Steele media center earlier this month.

By Jason Hawk

jhawk@civitasmedia.com