The investment projects at the Innovation Central High & GR Montessori Middle High School building represent monumental improvements in the state’s oldest functioning high school building.

New Heating and Air Conditioning

One of the main objectives is the replacement of the heating system. The new system provides air conditioning for the first time in the building that opened in 1911. The new system also meets all requirements for proper building ventilation. 

The building is also receiving:

  • New electric and gas service
  • Historically correct window replacement
  • Lighting upgrades to LED fixtures
  • A new fire suppression system
  • Bathroom fixture replacements
  • Minor interior finishes upgrades such new ceilings, flooring, and painting. 

Exterior Improvements

Outside, the project includes some masonry restoration, a new roof section and the rebuilding the main front steps.

Publish Date: September 15, 2023

Over the past couple of weeks, the mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire suppression infrastructure work continued on the third and fourth floors. They also finished the demolition of the deteriorated structural steel of the north auditorium wall. The installation of the new steel started last Monday and will continue over the next couple of weeks. The anticipated completion date for the project is January 2, 2024.