SIMS Construction Complete at Wesley Community Center

Walk into Wesley Community Center (WCC) on a weekday afternoon and you'll find a room full of elementary school children completing their homework as part of the After-School Program. Although WCC is located within the flight path of Phoenix Sky Harbor, clients of every age can focus more on work or recreational activities with less distraction from outside aircraft noise, thanks to the completion of Sound Insulation and Mitigation Services (SIMS) construction in 2012.

The SIMS project took place in the administrative offices, multi-purpose room and meeting area located at WCC building complex at 1300 South 10th Street, just west of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. These buildings are the center of Family and Youth Services that include 40 weeks of after-school and summer programs and tutoring for ages 5 -15, a Senior Companion program, emergency food assistance, community gardening, and annual back-to-school support.

The SIMS construction added sound-reducing exterior doors and windows, new acoustical ceiling tiles, new heating/air conditioning units for the multipurpose room, new lighting, and a new electrical panel.

The SIMS Program works to reduce internal noise levels by at least five decibels. The goal is to create an inside environment that encourages development and learning by allowing for easier conversation.

Most of the heavy construction took place in August and September, with work completed in October 2012. Sky Harbor pays for SIMS through Airport-generated funds and at times, the program is funded by Federal Aviation Administration Airport Improvement Program grants.

“Wesley provides many valuable services to the community,” said SIMS Program Manager Mary Beth Thompson. “We were glad to be able to partner with Wesley to offer our services so that this community center can be even more successful in its important work."

WCC Executive Director Betty Mathis said she was pleased with how communicative and respectful the SIMS team was throughout the project. “We appreciated how smoothly the construction went and all the care that was taken to make disruption to our operations as minimal as possible,” said Mathis.

In October 2012, the WCC staff and Executive Board hosted a "thank you" dinner for SIMS staff, consultants and contractors. Board members took turns to express how "overwhelmed and speechless" they were after seeing and hearing the benefits of the SIMS project. At one point Mathis fought back tears when describing the impact of the SIMS project to WCC clients and staff, saying, “The SIMS staff and contractors were a joy to work with and the results have exceeded our expectations.”

Published: December 20, 2012

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