South Walnut Elementary School was in dire need of rehabilitation. Classroom space had been unchanged from the original 1950s construction. Hallways lacked required fire and smoke separation. Office areas had been relocated to a former porch of the building, which lacked proper insulation and heat. The boiler required continual maintenance. Part of the building was ASSOCIATED FIRMInterior Solutions, Inc., Interior DesignCOST PER SQ FT$105.00FEATURED IN2006 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYInterior Renovation by an early radiant slab system that ruptured frequently, was difficult to fix and lacked any provision for fresh air.
In addition to these building issues, the lack of dedicated program space for music and art, and inadequate library and gym space persuaded the district to seek funds for additions and renovations.
A successful bond vote in March 2004 resulted in plans for a remodeled building with a new gym, media center and computer lab. Existing rooms were remodeled for art, music, drama, special education and general classroom space.
The existing site has been reconfigured to separate bus and auto traffic, and to enhance playground and outdoor activity space.