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Renovation plans underway for collapsed auditorium at Farrington High SchoolUPDATED 9:44 PM HST Mar 20, 2014Video Transcript
Building it back up... after its center came crashing down. It's been more than a year since the auditorium roof at Farrington High School COLLAPSED. As KITV4s Lara Yamada reports... for the FIRST TIME since then... many are taking a tour back in time today... ...and taking big step toward the future. 20 26 49 58 ) 3752-05 It was very erie coming in here on that night and just seeing all that metal and roof over the seats Just oh bad. NATS: 3140 Scanner Scratch "Thank you" 16 months later, Farrington principal Al Carganilla and VP Ron Okamura are getting a second look at their collapsed auditorium... ...partnered with a new hope: 2613-19 Today we begin the process to get something that the whole community is happy to get back. In November 2012, only an hour before this auditorium would be filled for a poetry jam, heavy rain brought down the roof -- one volunteer inside -- barely escaping tragedy. Months later, investigators determined an overweighted center truss, ultimately caused the collapse. 4605-15 When our structural engineers looked at it, they determined that the design was inadequate from the get-go, and the surprising thing for us was, that it stood up for 50 years! 4100-21 So, obviously major renovation needs to happen, including ripping out all these seats that were put in just a few months before all this happened. But the folks at Farrington have decided they want to save the last two rows in memory of what happened. Kashiwai says the building's shell is still good --despite being exposed to the elements. The guts will come out, and with a 50-year-old building, there's much to upgrade: from the electrical system to air conditioning. Backrooms -- now caked with dust and debris -- will become offices, classrooms, and a media tech center. And new seating will match the historic make-up of the old ones. 4723-25 In 2015 it should be quite a grand opening. Potential bidders had their first walk-through too. The Department of Education -- alotting 12 million for the project so far. Bids open in April. Demolition is planned for October. With a goal of getting it done by July, next year. 3856 This place was very special for us. 3911 We're just waiting for everything to come together. Lara Yamada KITV4 News. Farrington High School is already in the middle of major renovations. One wing was re-done two years ago, now the auditorium, and the DOE has also allotted 6 million dollars to renovate the school's athletic field.