Maranatha Leads Dorm Renovation at Thunderbird

Posted on February 16th, 2012

In early December the Renaissance Network partnered with Maranatha Volunteers International to oversee a variety of renovations at Thunderbird Adventist Academy (TAA). Originally, smaller projects were scheduled, such as landscaping, painting, cleaning and carpeting.

Later in December however, TAA received the exciting announcement that Maranatha was going to be able to do so much more. Maranatha secured funds from the philanthropic Commonweal Foundation to complete Phase One of the dormitory renovations—one wing of the boy’s dormitory and one wing of the girl’s dormitory. The other section of each will house students while the construction takes place.

Along with the new funds, Maranatha has pledged to do about $200,000 worth of labor with the help of 61 volunteers. Many of the volunteers come with years of experience and skill in specific construction areas.

“The Maranatha Construction Committee decided that it is important to support our Adventist schools in this way…to help keep them alive and strong,” said David Lopez, Maranatha director of volunteer projects.

The renovation work will include a total makeover of each dorm room—painting, replacing 183 windows, countertops, upgrading lighting throughout, replacing tile/carpet and some framing. In addition, remodeling will take place in both dormitory lobbies, chapels, dean’s offices, and the girl’s dorm kitchen; bathrooms will be made handicap accessible, as well.

Kyle Fiess, Maranatha vice president of marketing, believes this project is a positive move for both TAA and Maranatha. “We are able to help renovate the dorms for TAA, and in turn we have a great project to offer to our volunteers,” said Feiss.

The project has been scheduled for February 13 through March 6, 2012. Already, TAA staff have been gutting the dormitories in preparation for Maranatha’s arrival.

“The dorms are in dire need of renovation,” said Wayne Longhofer, TAA principal. “Our students are thrilled with the progress and are anxious to move into their new quarters.”

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