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An extensive renovation of all major bathrooms was carried out during the summer. It was an elaborate project because of the limited time available forcompletion and the high standards of construction expertise required.
The project involved the architectural re-design and the complete replacing of all interior building materials and electromechanical components of the bathrooms, for example:
- The water supply system has been designed according to the latest European standards, implementing double water supply piping and special connectors, providing the highest hygiene levels against stagnating water, which is critical for a school. Also, pressure regulating valves and water flow economizers have been implemented to reduce the actual water consumption. Multilayer pipes were used, made of cross-linked PE and aluminium layers.
- The old sewage system was removed and replaced with heavy duty sound-proof pipes. Piping and auxiliary materials used in both water supply and sewage systems are imported from Germany.
- The tile bonding components are of high quality epoxy, to prevent humidity penetration and ensure long lifespan.
- Bathroom divider panels have been tailor-made using high quality colored material.
- The floor tiles are made with high quality, full body granite.
- New heating pipes and high quality radiators without acute edges were installed to prevent accidents.
We would like to express our thanks and appreciation to all our parents that contributed to the reconstruction of the school bathrooms.
Mobile Computer Stations
The usage of mobile computer stations could transform any ACS Athens classroom to a computer lab. We purchased two mobile computer stations and 60 laptops for the creation of two mobile labs. Currently, they are used to support HS and MS classes.
We wish to thank our PTO for their generous donation that made this project possible.
Security Improvements through the U.S. State Department Grant
- Buildings Intruder Alarm System
The system consists of advanced detection radars and sensors, evenly distributed at building entrances and in areas that require extra protection, e.g. labs, boiler rooms, etc..
- Diesel Electric Power Generator
We installed a diesel electric power generator to act as emergency power supply in case of a power black-out. The generator will support the major communication and safety systems of the school, e.g. the public address system, the security cameras, the phone switchboard, the main server and network hubs, etc. Independent electric switchboards have been installed at each area of interest, which automatically switch to generator power in case of main power failure.
- Parking Drop Down Bar
A drop down bar has been installed at the main parking entrance, to control access of cars entering or exiting. This bar is remotely operated by the main gate’s security guard.
A new metal fence has been installed in the new 5th grade Elementary School wing to increase safety and security of ES children.
Twenty five reinforced bollards have been mounted around the main entrance of ACS Athens, to protect people inside the main gate from the outside street traffic.
Moreover, an additional component of this grant is the replacement of all school campus outside night lighting with high energy, efficient LED lights. This project will be completed by the end of December.
Fire Detection System in Athletics and Theater
Furthermore, the school installed twenty additional sirens throughout the campus, beyond the legal requirements and fire department regulations, to ensure that any person on campus will be safely warned in case of an incident.
Athletics Locker Rooms
We partially renovated all swimming pool and basketball locker rooms and hallways. We replaced the existing floor with new anti-slip granite tiles to improve both appearance and hygiene.
We certified the gym climbing wall by an independent body (TUV). Furthermore, following the recommendation of TUV, we improved the safety of the wall beyond the standard design.
Electrical Panels & Switchboards
As part of an ongoing maintenance and renovation plan, we fully replaced 6 main electric panels. This ongoing infrastructure improvement is very critical for the safe and uninterrupted operation of ACS Athens.
Waste Collection in Maintenance Area
The main waste collection area in the campus has been reviewed and reformed, targeting higher standards in hygiene. New garbage and recycling bins have also been added.
IT & Technology Upgrades
More than 50 computer stations (in classrooms and various working positions) have been upgraded by replacing old PCs with modern laptop and desktop computers. We installed new firewall software that makes internet use secure and safe for students and staff. We improved the ACS Athens wireless network (Wi-Fi) by adding new antennas across the campus and upgraded the active network equipment at the Foreign Languages lab. We also purchased new iPads, as well as new projectors for use in the classrooms.
We purchased classroom and office furniture for the creation of the New Learning, Writing, Math and IB center at the 2nd floor of HS Library, as well as for the OLP Annex classrooms.
Moreover, our maintenance department fulfilled many work orders, satisfying both faculty requests and completing the summer school maintenance schedule.