W.A. Rose Construction has a long history of working with many of Oakland’s nonprofits, and over the years, we’ve done a significant amount of work for St. Paul’s Episcopal School and Church.
Located in the heart of Oakland, St. Paul’s makes the City part of its extended campus. Students swim at the local YMCA; third-graders lead Lake Merritt’s bird census. Part of what these students take away with them is the spirit of community. We like that W.A. Rose, an Oakland contractor with our own deep community roots, is the one they call for projects both big and small.
2017 was a year for a wide range of repairs and upgrades to classrooms, offices, the copy center, a hallway and the art room. The classrooms received a facelift: We patched flooring, insulated walls, installed new sheetrock, primed and painted the walls and installed energy-efficient LED lighting. For some classrooms, we installed new cabinets, countertops, flooring and sprinklers, along with new sinks and fixtures.
The school’s offices received a fairly substantial makeover. We reconfigured the space, framing new walls, installing insulation and sheetrock, new doors and hardware and priming and painting the new rooms. A final touch: We had the crown molding and baseboard specially milled to match the existing architectural detail. The art room also received an upgrade, with new fixtures, countertops and cabinets.
We try to accommodate our clients’ schedules as much as possible; we completed most of this project over the summer, but a few remaining items rolled over into the start of the schoolyear. For the final punch list, the W.A. Rose team scheduled their work early in the morning before students arrived. This year, many of St. Paul’s students, teachers and administrators will be facing the new year with fresh, new facilities.