As part of a mandate from the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board, the largest school board in Eastern Ontario, we were again invited to participate in a safety-focused project. As with any piece of aging equipment, there are times when replacement simply makes the most sense and when it comes to outdated folding gym partitions, this is often the case.
These bulky structures, often installed decades prior, can become unsafe and in some cases, have proven to be fatal for students and participants. In the interest of safety, schools across North America are painfully diligent in maintaining and inspecting any of these active systems. When it is recommended that they get replaced, most don’t delay in getting the right team on-site to begin the process.
This was the case in this instance when the board invited our team to assess the process of removing, disposing, and replacing the existing partitions at Metcalfe Public School, Fisher Park Public School, and Maple Ridge Public Schools.
Working closely with our partners at Enstone Construction on the project, our team quickly assembled at the schools upon being awarded the contract. Once on site, our team safely and efficiently removed the existing dividers, took care of the off-site removal and replaced each one with an innovative 4040 top-roll gym divider curtain.
Taking school spirit to another level, each of the curtains was designed with custom colouring and completed with school logos for additional branding and pride.