Tonight's Open House at BHS to highlight the Measure M-funded remodel and upgrade was lightly attended mostly because key areas like the auditorium have been back in service for months. Not being a BHS parent anymore, I had not seen the results yet. We got an hour tour of the auditorium, backstage, control room, ceramics shop, design classroom, Computer-Aided Machinery shop, and the computer lab. Most of these are in the new Industrial & Fine Arts building near the pool.
Tour attendees were particularly taken with the restoration of the seats and floor in the auditorium. Grads--recent and distant--were adamant about saving the original 1923 mahogany seats and they came out unbelievably well as you can see
The CAM lab was also impressive as it moves from the traditional "shop" to a 21st century, instrumented facility handling 100 students per semester in four periods.
There is a bit more work to be done finishing the video control room, demolishing the portable structures in the quad and bringing the quad back to its original graceful design. Kudo's to Quattrochi Kwok Architects who were on hand for the tour and everyone else involved. It may have been expensive and long, but the asset is a value to everyone who lives and owns property in B'game. Now if we can just keep high-cost rail from chewing up the right-of-way 40 feet from campus everything will be fine.