Current Conditions at Amherst Middle School

The current status and key issues

 Current Key Issues

  • Poor HVAC systems cause erratic temperature swings from room to room
  • Broken moveable classroom partitions are expensive to replace
  • Significant water leakage through several parts of the roof/ceiling during rain
  • Lack of adequate & necessary special education space
  • Gymnasium too small for current student population during assemblies
  • Overcrowded with 5th grade housed here
  • Poor access to power due to moveable partitions
  • Acoustic separation issues
  • Lacking classroom space to accommodate target class sizes
  • Irregular shaped classrooms are difficult to teach in using today’s educational methodology and class size

Upcoming Key Issues

  • HVAC: Through-wall unit ventilators are inefficient and nearing end-of-life (4-6 years max), and should be replaced with modern, ducted air systems. New systems would be energy efficient.
  • Boilers are 11 years old and can be re-used for another 14 years
  • All electrical systems are at end-of-life and inadequate for a modern technology rich school environment and should be replaced
  • Emergency electrical systems are at end-of-life and should be replaced with new systems
  • Lighting is at end-of-life, not energy-efficient, and should be replaced.
  • Programming to be determined by space
  • Space to determine programming due to inadequate classroom space

AMS Current Conditions Gallery 2021

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