The outside of the building has not changed much in the last few weeks. They have finished the brickwork, but we are still awaiting the custom metal that will fill the rest of the front. The sheets will sit over the top of the white wrap you can see on the building now. We will also have a nice ‘Options Schools’ sign that will sit on top of the metal entry cover to let everyone know where to enter the building. The parking lot is starting to take shape, with a special machine being brought in to mold and pour the concrete curbs. These machines use a slip form to pour the curbs. As the machine moves forward it leaves a perfect curb. All of the curbs will be poured in a matter of a few hours. The parking lot will only need asphalt after today. I know the curbs look tall, but they will be the perfect height after the asphalt is laid. The courtyard area will have concrete poured later this month and will have some seating outside as well. The landscaping will be the last step. This is going to be one of the best-looking spaces in Westfield, and I cannot wait to share it with you all this summer and next school year!
The inside of the building has seen the biggest transformation over the last two weeks. The drywall has gone up and almost all of the windows have been installed. We are still missing the exterior doors and windows that will enclose my office. We also need to replace a few windows that were damaged earlier in the brickwork, but it will be done soon. The crews were running the HVAC and finishing the drywall when I visited. As we entered the building, you can see all the windows that are in place. The light really fills the entryway. Jenny’s office is awaiting its windows and doors. The offices will all have built-in desks and cabinets installed as well. It is all going to look very sharp and make a great impression as you enter.
The multipurpose room is moving along. The HVAC team was working to run the ductwork behind the walls today. The walls are almost finished and the paint layout has already gotten its first coat. The ceiling of the multipurpose room is a nice dark gray which really makes it pop. The two-story-tall space will be filled with natural light from all the windows that make up the back wall. The weight room and basketball court will be ready for summer use during our Open Gym sessions. The weight room will have that nice shade of Options blue and will also have lots of natural light from the windows. I cannot wait to host students and families at all our summer events!
The back of the building is also awaiting the custom metal to be installed. Just outside the middle of the building will sit the large patio area for lunch, or to host an outdoor class session. There will be plenty of green space in the back for students to get outside and enjoy. We won’t have to fight the geese to go outside the gym next year. All of the space will leave us with tons of opportunities to make Options Westfield fun and exciting.
The drywall team was hard at work to get the walls perfect for painting. Each classroom will have a blue wall at the front and white walls around the rest of the room. As you can see, the classroom is filled with natural light. Each classroom has at least two large windows. I don’t think we will need to turn the overhead lights on too often. Natural light is wonderful for growing plants, but it is just as important for growing students.
I know it is hard to believe, but in just two short months the building will be complete. We will be offering several opportunities this summer to come out and check out campus from May until August! We will host open gym hours on Wednesdays, along with several family events. Please take a look at the summer schedule below and come see the space for yourself! Applications for enrollment have opened, secure your spot to join us in the fall today.
— Principal Dunagan —