By Kaylyn Christopher
Times West Virginian
Members of the community gathered at Fairmont Senior High School on Monday to witness the unveiling of the school’s completed renovations.
For more than two years, FSHS underwent extensive upgrades including a new media center, new windows, a new HVAC unit, electrical systems, sprinklers, resurfaced classroom floors, covered walkways, safety features such as an intercom system, new basketball hoops, a new girls’ locker room and more.
Individuals who attended Monday evening’s open house were able to get a firsthand account of the improvements.
Chad Norman, FSHS principal, said there were many individuals and groups who made the project possible. He extended his appreciation to teachers, students, the Marion County Board of Education, the 2010 bond committee, the FSHS Foundation members, current and previous superintendents, former principals, the Open House committee and the “entire Polar Bear family.”
Norman said Blackwood Associates, the project’s architectural firm, also deserved recognition.
“All of this would not have been possible if it were not for the individuals from Blackwood Associates,” Norman said. “They made this a stunning yet functional facility, and it certainly embraces 21st century learning.”
Pam Wean, acting president and principal architect for Blackwood Associates, said it was an honor to be involved in the renovations.
“It’s been a wonderful project,” she said. “We hope everyone is happy with it and will enjoy it for many more years to come.”
Norman also thanked the project’s contractor, City Construction, for its hard work over the past couple of years.
“They’re not just a company that showed up to work,” Norman said. “They made an invested interest in our school academically and athletically.”