Canyon School getting facelift

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Education > Bids for work were very competitive

By Tris DeRoma

The Canyon Complex, the low-profile building on Fourth Street owned by the Los Alamos Public Schools, will be getting an upgrade soon. The building is used as a training center for Los Alamos National Laboratory, but used to be Canyon Elementary School.
According to school officials, the building, which is more than 50 years old, was due for some much needed cosmetic improvements on the outside, as well as some key improvements to the interior.
When the project is completed, the building will be enveloped in a modern looking metal exterior designed to make the exterior facade look unified and modern looking. A key feature of that is extending the facade slightly beyond the roof so as to hide the boxy looking heating and air conditioning units on the roof.
According to LAPS’ Chief Operations Officer Joanie Ahlers, the upgrade will cost about $640,000 and will feature some key interior improvements, as well.
The renovation will primarily focus on the south wing, and will also include new bathrooms, doors and windows. The improvements, including the metal facade are also designed to improve energy efficiency.
Carpeting will also be replaced during the renovation.
Ahlers said the bid was originally just going to cover the facade, but the bids were so competitive, they were able to include the bathroom renovations.

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