District and school officials will mark the completion of a modernization project at Lincoln Middle School in Santa Monica during a ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday, Feb. 1.

The nearly $1.8 million modernization project, which renovated the library and some classrooms and laboratories, began in April last year and was completed during winter break.

The ribbon cutting is scheduled at 3:30 p.m. on the Lincoln Middle School campus, 1501 California Ave., Santa Monica. The event will include a tour through the newly renovated classrooms and science labs and brief speeches by Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District board President Ben Allen and Measure BB Advisory Committee member Craig Hamilton.

Others scheduled to attend include school Principal Suzanne Webb and Stuart A. Sam, director of the Facility Improvements Office. Various team members who have made the project possible, including the architect and contractor, will also be in attendance.

“We are eager to celebrate this event and move forward with the next project, a new, two-story library and classrooms building, which will also include a new chorus room and science labs,” Sam said. “The new project will continue to offer our students the tools they need to succeed in high school and beyond.”

The event, which is the first ribbon cutting ceremony in the Measure BB program, will be open to the public.

The school upgrades involved renovating the former library and rooms 218, 220 and 222 into four new classrooms, two science labs and a shared prep room. The new classrooms and science labs received new furniture and updated technology that district officials say meets current technology standards. As part of the modernization, the fire alarm system upgrade has begun.

The science labs received new amenities including an eye wash station, sinks, energy efficient lighting, a fume hood, sustainable countertops, flooring, and a dishwasher for cleaning beakers. The classrooms are also naturally lit due to increased window installation and original skylights that have been uncovered.

Construction of the new library and classrooms building is estimated to begin in the first quarter of this year.

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