Windows through the eyes of a student

We asked Wooster High Student Kate Bowman to share her photographs and impressions of the architecture at her school, which opened in Reno in 1962. Designed by the local architectural firm of Ferris, Erskine and Calef, it was remarkable for it's open feeling with large spans of windows. Today, as school designers worry about windows compromising student safety, it's fascinating to get a perspective from Kate, a student in the International Baccalaureate program and the daughter of our estimator, Scott Bowman. 

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"I feel as though having windows in my school impacts the learning of me, and my classmates. Being able to see the nature outside of your classroom gives students a place to look and reflect when they are stuck on a concept, or just need a moment of peace."

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"It is also nice to have natural light in a classroom; some of my teachers turn the lights off if we’re watching a video through the projector, and it helps to have natural light still peering through the windows so we can see our paper enough to take notes."

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"When the seasons change, I like to watch the weather through the windows in my classrooms. I especially love snow, so when it snows I enjoy watching it through the windows. My mom is a teacher and has worked in a windowless classroom for the past few years. Her room is the one they give to new teachers because no one wants to work in a room with no windows. The lack of windows makes the room feel stuffy and unwelcoming. You have no sense of time of day in her room, and it gives a feeling of detachment from the rest of the school. "

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"I feel windows are an essential part of our learning, as students, as well as the comfortability of students and teachers in our workplace," Katie concluded.

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To revitalize Wooster High School, the Lepori team replaced all windows on the 1962 campus. Work included asbestos abatement, selective demo and carpentry, flashing and sheet metal, sealing joints, painting and some mechanical and electrical improvements. The Lepori team salutes Kate Bowman for capturing the simple lines and beautiful windows of this mid-century gem of a high school.

Redevelopment continues on Hymer Avenue in Sparks

Hymer Avenue was one of Sparks’ most blighted neighborhoods before Frank Lepori recognized the opportunity for renewal. The bulk of the warehouses built on the blocks off the east side of Rock were empty and dilapidated. Frank liked their close proximity to I-80 and large footprints, so he and his design-build team focused on finding renewal strategies that were affordable for the old industrial buildings.

Revisions Brewery was among the radical transformations led by the Lepori team. They converted an emptry warehouse into a state-of-the-art facility with a 4,500 sf brewery and a 17,025 sf warehouse. Support facilities include two tap rooms, two bars, two coolers, offices, a conference room, a break room and restrooms.

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Working with Founder and Owner Jeremy Warren, the Lepori team designed and delivered the $623,000 renovation in 2017. Warren and his partners invested a total of $2,000,000 with equipment and furnishings.

The first Hymer redevelopment project the Lepori team tackled was their new 33,000 sf headquarters. In 2010, they carved offices, millwork manufacturing, storage and parking from the former site of an empty warehouse. With the warehouse space remaining, they built out tenant improvements for a soccer facility and a health foods distributor.

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In 2012, the Lepori team made way for the new Refrigeration Supplies Distributor by tearing down an old warehouse to design and build what became a flagship design for RSD locations in the West. Our design build team collaborated with Jeff Gaudern, manager of the Sparks distribution center to blend the best aspects from the company’s 88 centers to create a 21,875 sf with a state-of-the-art training center, large parking lot, loading doors on the front of the building, a spacious retail showroom, meeting rooms, and a wide order counter.

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The next redevelopment was a distribution center for Tahoe Truckee Lumber in 2014. The Lepori team designed and constructed improvements needed to bring a ‘60s era building up to code and structural integrity. Lepori designers collaborated with President Andrew Cross to tailor an extensive racking system to hold the center’s lumber. The team also developed a showroom and door shop.

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“It's great to see several long-time industrial neighbors on Hymer working to improve their facilities,” noted Frank Lepori. “Hymer Avenue is bright and bustling again, which has a positive impact on the redevelopment of Sparks. You couldn’t ask for a better location.”