First, it’s become really obvious that we’re reconfiguring the space for our back training room. Basically, the space that was our fitness room prior to the pandemic is now being added to the room primarily used for Jiu-jitsu and Thai Kickboxing classes. This will result in about a 43% increase in the size of that training room. This is being driven by the growing need for additional training space, and the fact that the fitness room has been under utilized over the last 12 years.
As part of this project the entry into the room has been changed, an additional ceiling fan has been installed, and about three new rows of mats will be added. With the elimination of the fitness room it will no longer be possible to watch classes from there. However, a closed circuit camera system will be installed soon so that classes can be viewed from our reception area. This work is expected to be completed in November with minimal disruption to classes.
We also recently began replacing our ‘old school’ florescent lights with new LED fixtures. The new fixtures will provide the same amount of light but use as much as 70% less electricity when compared to the 40+ year old fixtures. In addition, the new fixtures do not require bulbs or ’ballasts’ like the old ones, which needed replacement periodically. With over 70 fixtures throughout the building we were in a constant battle to keep up on replacing these parts.
The plan is to replace the old lights in stages, concentrating on one room at a time. This approach will lessen the burden of the costs of the new lights, and provide an opportunity to recycle parts for the old lights remaining. We expect that it will take about one year to complete this project.
Improvements are also being made to the outside of the building including repairs to the siding, windows, and doors. So, join us as we watch the best martial arts school in the Berkshires get even better!