Upper Campus Getting a Fresh Coat of Paint
Monday, January 25, 2010 11:20 PM

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On Jan. 12, a painting crew from the MPS paint department began working at Lake Harriet Upper Campus to improve the quality of the building. Crew members will work throughout the school year and will accomplish their work with the least possible disruption to the education of our students. This is a state-funded, deferred maintenance project that must be completed by June 30, 2010.

The painters are professionals. They ventilate areas, use safe work practices and products developed specifically for use in occupied buildings such as schools and hospitals. The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) established the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System™, and whenever possible, we use L.E.E.D. certified materials such as Sherwin Williams Harmony and ICI Lifemaster coatings. These products contain no or a low amount of hazardous V.O.C.s. (Volatile Organic Compounds). These are acrylic products that contain no latex. Because products used on railings have strong fumes, they will not be applied until Spring Break when the children are not in the building.

Any chipping or sanding will be done at 5:30 a.m. or 6 a.m. The areas being painted are primarily the common areas: atrium, cafeteria, hallways, stairwells, bathrooms, main office and one or two classrooms that have peeling paint from roof leaks. These painting crews recently finished work at Washburn and the school disruption was minimal. Contact Mary Rynchek if you have questions.