John Adams Middle School
With Your Help, We're Planning For Changes
Architects and district staff are working to envision possible projects to improve the campus to help prepare for the ways students will learn in and help prepare students for 21st century jobs.
In June, an online community meeting was held, during which the campus assessment, which includes proposed changes to campus, was presented. Based on feedback from that meeting and meetings with educators, administrators and staff, architects are fine tuning the proposals, estimating costs and proposing the order in which projects would be done. Chosen projects would be funded by bonds from Measure SMS, passed by voters in 2018.
Another meeting will be held in September. When it’s available, you’ll be able to find the meeting schedule at the campus assessment page. You’ll also be able to learn more about the campus assessment process itself.
Performing Arts Center on Schedule for Fall 2021 Opening
The new performing arts center, which will be the crown jewel of the John Adams Middle School campus and host some 150 performances each year, is on schedule to be completed by the fall of 2021.
At the north end of campus along Pearl Street, the modern complex is a joint project of the SMMUSD and Santa Monica College. When complete it will have:
- Seating for 750 and a stage large enough to hold an orchestra or band
- A choir room
- Backstage support facilities
- A multi-purpose rehearsal room that will be used for dance, community meetings and theater rehearsals
- An expansive courtyard
- A state of the art lighting system
- A sound system capable of mimicking any acoustic environment, such as an outdoor space or a chamber-music venue
Santa Monica College has dedicated $20 million from bond measure V toward this project, which is across the street from the college.
Air Conditioning Project Nearing Completion and Other Modernization Improvements
The second half of a project to bring air conditioning to most spaces on campus is on track to be complete by June 2020. The first half, which included an upgrade to the campus power supply from Southern California Edison, was completed in 2019.
Other campus improvements paid for by voter-approved bond funds include:
Gymnasium: Installed a new gym floor, painted all surfaces, installed new volleyball poles and nets, improved boys and girls locker rooms, showers and restrooms to updated ADA compliance. Staff restrooms were also improved.
New playing fields: The playing fields, shared with the City of Santa Monica and other community organizations, saw turf surfaces removed and replaced. An environmentally-friendly cork infill material was used that is capable of reducing field temperature by 20 degrees versus standard crumb-rubber filling. Field drainage has seen constant improvements, and the area along the property line fence was paved.
Bottle-filling stations/ drinking fountains: The stations have been installed inside and outside. They encourage the use of reusable containers instead of one-and-done plastic water bottles.
Former church property: The district acquired the site at 16th and Maple and improved it to allow swing-space parking during construction of the PAC. The long-term use of the property is being planned.
New fire alarm: A new fire alarm system became operational in the fall of 2020. The new system complies with modern building codes and includes voice evacuation commands, which can reduce fear and confusion in an emergency.
New visitor-approval system: A visitor-management badge system, which rapidly verifies campus visitors improving campus safety was installed.
Earthquake valves: The district finished installing earthquake valves on natural-gas supply lines earlier this year to bolster campus safety. These valves automatically shut off if a large enough seismic event is detected, reducing the risk of fire.
- The former east wing was replaced with classrooms, a parking lot and a lunch shelter.
- Most doors and windows on campus were replaced as part of our modernization efforts.
- Technology was upgraded to the district’s standards. Among the improvements was campus-wide Wifi on a faster internet connection, SMART boards, projectors and screens and sound systems where appropriate.
- 42 rooftop solar panels were installed, capable of supplying 118 kilowatts of clean power.
- Other projects improved stormwater treatment and reduced overall water use.
- The front entry and attendance office were created in 2013 to improve security and efficiency.
JAMS Campus Improvements
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