Page 9 - Salem Magazine Spring 2011
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When the Salem Civic Center opened for business in 1967, those who watched over the project made sure that it was built to stand the test of time. However, it’s doubtful than any of
those contractors expected the heating and cooling system and the original flooring in the steel and concrete structure to last 44 years.
This winter, the worn out parquet floor in the heavily used Community Room was replaced by a new state of the art, wood grain vinyl floor that is incredibly durable. Crews from three different parts of Virginia installed the floor slat by slat over a four-day period. At the same time, Salem Streets and Maintenance crews assisted by Civic Center staff, ripped out the original ceiling in the room and replaced it with a new drop ceiling while Siemens lighting contractors from Maryland installed enhanced lighting fixtures.
“The room is now much more appealing for wedding receptions and other events that require appropriate mood lighting,” says Salem’s Director of Civic Facilities, Carey Harveycutter. “The dimmable lighting gives the room incredible flexibility and allows staff to easily accommodate the needs of various groups. Plus, it will save the city money in energy costs immediately.”
The entire facility will be receiving new lights and the main arena lights will be installed in August. The antiquated HVAC system that has somehow lasted for nearly five decades also is being replaced by a much more energy efficient system.
“Without the strong engineering crew led by Tim Coleman monitoring and repairing the old system we would have suffered from a loss of heating and cooling that would have certainly caused us to lose business,” says Harveycutter. “The entire staff is excited that the city administration and City Council have provided the funds for these much needed system improvements that have been discussed for over 10 years.”
You don’t earn statewide praise as a School Division for being a follower, and Salem City Schools once again took a major educational leadership role for the Commonwealth when it co-hosted a one-day conference on Student Growth, Performance Evaluations, and Differentiated Compensation at the Salem Civic Center.
The event included 140 participants from 22 of Virginia’s school divisions and featured presentations by national educational leaders from “Battelle for Kids,” educational specialists from the Virginia Department of Education and other leaders in the field of assessment.
The Virginia Association for Curriculum and Development helped host the event that included many of Salem’s top educators, including Superintendent, Dr. Alan Seibert (left).
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