• Security Updates at JAMS

    Posted by Kelcey Davis on 10/7/2021 7:00:00 AM

    Security Cameras, P/A Clocks & Intrusion Alarm Improvements at John Adams Middle 

    The low-voltage upgrade project includes an upgrade of the paging and announcement system, as well as implementing a new security system throughout campus. The campus will be receiving a new IP based digital Valcom system, which is the new District standard paging system. The campus will have the new standard Aviglion security system with security cameras, motion detector sensors and security door contacts.


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  • JAMS PAC is complete

    Posted by Kelcey Davis on 10/5/2021 10:00:00 AM

    JAMS Performing Arts Building and Rehersal Building
    The Performing Arts Center project is complete, and partially occupied by the John Adams Middle School campus. The Rehearsal Building is also complete, and classes are in place on a weekly basis.

    The remaining activities include, re-construction of the Spiral Staircase footing, painting of the Coiling Doors at the auditorium and installation of the interior metal panels, which is scheduled for Oct. 19, 2021.

    The building has a new SALTO access system, which is a keyless system that provides the most secure access control system as well as the District standard Aviglion security surveillance. JAMS Performing Arts Exterior finished October 2021

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  • PAC Update for Fall 2021

    Posted by Kelcey Davis on 8/18/2021 7:00:00 AM

    John Adams Middle School PAC and Rehearsal area renderingPerforming Arts Center

    The long-awaited Performing Arts Center and Performance Lab Building project is coming to completion. This fall, there will be preliminary events for the school, college and community. The grand opening is scheduled for February 2022, as the pandemic allows. The project started in 2019 with the demolition of the previous auditorium that was closed in 2014 due to seismic hazards. The new Performing Arts Center is a joint project with our educational partner, Santa Monica College. The Performing Arts Center is a two-story auditorium, with lower and elevated seating areas resulting in a 750 seat capacity. The auditorium includes an electronic acoustic system, state-of-the-art theatrical lighting and touch control sound system. The stage flooring is installed, as well as the front of stage lift that can be raised to expand the stage playing area or lowered to provide additional seating. The Back of House includes dressing rooms, a green room, a stage manager’s office, star rooms and restrooms. The Choir Room is located on the second level of the Back of House. Performance Lab The Performance Lab features a large multi-purpose room that can serve as a rehearsal hall, dance studio, reception area or meeting space. The support areas include a ticketing office, catering room, storage and restrooms.

    Performance Lab

    The Performance Lab is a 2,095 square foot space with end-cut wood flooring and a surrounding glass sliding door. The Performance Lab has mirrors for dance, projection for classes, and drapery surrounding the room to adjust the acoustics. The Rehearsal Building is complete with no outstanding work, and ready to be open at the start of the school year. The Performing Arts Center and Rehearsal Building include the new District-standard Aviglion Security Camera surveillance system throughout, as well as SALTO electronic lock hardware on all access doors for increased security.John Adams Middle School PAC inside

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  • PA and Security Improvements

    Posted by Kelcey Davis on 8/11/2021 8:00:00 AM

    PA/Clock System Replacement
    Once complete, the PA/clock systems will be combined
    in a single set of hardware devices. This system provides
    improved paging functionality and a new ability to post
    text messages useful for daily updates and information
    during emergencies. Similar to other equipment, some
    critical devices have been affected by disruptions in the
    global supply chain. We have moved forward with the
    installation of supporting infrastructure, and the
    PA/Clock System will be installed outside of school
    hours once they arrive. We anticipate that these systems
    will be complete at the end of September.

    Security Cameras & Intrusion Alarm
    Security cameras have been recently upgraded at
    SMMUSD campuses and other properties. Once
    complete, JAMS will be managed under the same
    district wide security camera network. The new intrusion
    alarm is designed to work together with the security
    cameras and will be managed by the same software
    system. In order to reduce the impact to students and
    school staff, we have moved forward with the
    installation of supporting infrastructure, and the camera
    and alarm devices will be installed outside of school
    hours once they arrive. We anticipate that these systems
    will be complete at the end of September.

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  • Performing Arts Seating and Stage is Nearing Completion

    Posted by Kelcey Davis on 5/3/2021 9:00:00 AM

    The Performing Arts Center is nearly complete and almost ready for students. This striking PAC will be a central part of the school and the surrounding public.  We can't wait for their first performance!

    The seating and stage area is nearing completion and the following have been installed:

    • Seats
    • Handrails
    • Speakers

    Lobby and Front of House (FOH)

    • The curtain wall system is installed
    • Windows at the mixing booth are installed
    • The wheelchair lift is installed in the lobby

    Back of House

    • Cloud Acoustical Sound Tiles at the choir room have been installed
    • Mechanical equipment (chiller and air handling units) have been installed at the mechanical yard
    • Ceiling tiles at Levels 1 and 2 are installed

    Seating at JAMS PAC

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  • JAMS PAC Seat Installation Underway

    Posted by Kelcey Davis on 4/7/2021 8:00:00 AM

    Progress continues on the JAMS PAC.  We can't wait for the students to get to experience this beautiful Performing Arts Center!

    Lobby entrance of JAMS PAC

    Glazing at the Lobby is installed. Seating installation in the seating area at JAMS PAC

    Seat installation at the PAC seating area is underway.

    Acoustical tiles being installed in the JAMS choir room

    Acoustical Sound Tiles in the choir room are being installed. 

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  • Interior of JAMS PAC and Rehearsal Building is coming along.

    Posted by Kelcey Davis on 2/9/2021 8:00:00 AM

    The stage and seating area is seeing great progress as the stage lift structure and theatrical rigging system installation are underway. 

    Slab poured in JAMS PAC.  

    At the lobby and front of house, the slab-on-grade was poured on February 2nd.

    Taping and scaffolding of JAMS PAC.

    Scaffolding and taping of the auditorium sidewalls is underway. 

     JAMS PAC looking towards stage with scaffolding.

     Next up is othe panting f the auditorium interior, which will allow f the start of installing Audio-Visual devices. 


    Track lights being installed at the RH building at JAMS PAC.

    Track lights at the rehearsal building are being installed.

    The PAC will be a great asset to the students once they return to campus, we can't wait for their first performance!


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  • Progress at JAMS PAC

    Posted by Kelcey Davis on 1/15/2021 8:00:00 AM

    Performing Arts Center 

    When complete, the center, a joint project with Santa Monica College, will house a 750-seat theater, dedicated rehearsal space, choir room and more. 

    JAMS PAC building stage area

    Progress continues on the stage and seating area and on both levels of the building and back of building. Taping fo interior walls and ceilings, two restrooms are having tile work and fixtures installed. 

    Painting and structual work is complted on the catwalk level. 

    Rehersal Building

    Scaffolding has been erected around the exterior of the rehersal building.


    Sitewide, all utlities have been installed including gas, fire water, domestic water, sewer and storm drains.

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  • Final Theater Form Taking Shape Inside

    Posted by Chris Clonts on 9/7/2020 4:10:00 AM

    The main seating area of the new performing arts center.

    The exterior and interior walls have long been up, but now the new performing arts center's main seating area and production areas are starting to take their final shape. One can see the gradually sloped seating plan.

    Eventually, this space will have 750 seats and state-of-the-art sound and light systems that will help host hundreds of events each year. It is on schedule to be ready for use in the fall of 2021.

    In addition to the latest production amenities, the theater also has many safety features, such as the large smoke-evacuation vents shown below. They can clear the theater of smoke quickly in the event of an emergency.

    Automatic smoke vents above theater.

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