Columbine High School | Remodel and repairs
Columbine High School Repairs
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The damages done to Columbine High School during the shootings of April 20, 1999 were quite extensive, especially considering how few people it took to do it. A lot of work had to be done to repair the damages done to Columbine High School on April 20, 1999. With massive effort on the parts of many people, they were able to successfully renovate the building so that it could be re-opened that same fall for the return of the Columbine students. There were parts of the school that weren't completed till later but classes were able to resume on time.

The library was sealed off initially and later completely removed, leaving an open space above the cafeteria still located below. The cafeteria was remodeled and the area above it was transformed into a bright atrium filled with forest art. Several other areas of the school were redone as well - hallways, classrooms... a lot of the school looked completely different when students returned to campus -- which was the intention.

A temporary library was established until the new one could be built. In 2000, the HOPE Columbine Library broke ground and was built on the grassy hill where Rachel Scott died. There was never a final dollar amount put on the finished repairs but Superintendent Jane Hammond said back in May 1999 it would cost roughly $50 million (offsite link).

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Daniel Rohrbough's parents Brian Rohrbough and Sue Petrone

Brian Rohrbough and Sue Petrone, parents of victim Daniel Rohrbough, participate in a campaign to repair and remodel the school.
Athletics department office under repairs

The athletics department office of the school is under repairs. You can see a bullethole still scarring the right side of the window frame.
Columbine stairs

The blood-soaked carpet of the stairs was ripped up to replace the whole floor with tile.
Columbine High School mural

Columbine's new stairs, finished.
Arizona Wildcats visit Columbine

The Arizona Wildcats visit the restored school.
Renovating the upstairs hallway in Columbine High

Columbine High's upstairs hallway with the floor removed for re-tiling.
Columbine High School new hallway

The tiled, finished hall.
Columbine science room where Coach Sanders died

The science room where Coach Sanders died was completely gutted and remodeled.
Security camera

One of several security cameras
that monitor the repaired school.
Columbine High entryway floor

Columbine mosaic in the entryway floor.
Columbine Principal Frank DeAngelis

Principal Frank DeAngelis stands in
the newly remodeled hallway.

Remodeling Columbine High School cafeteria
The remodelling of the cafeteria is underway.

Columbine High School cafeteria atrium
Columbine High School cafeteria atrium
Columbine High School cafeteria atrium
Columbine High School cafeteria atrium
Pictures of the new 2-story atrium that houses the remodelled cafeteria. The old library was removed to make way for the atrium. The ceiling is a mural of the Colorado forest canopy of aspens and evergreens, painted by North Carolina artist Virginia Wright-Frierson. The mural is actually 20 different paintings, consisting of four large central canvasses and 16 other paintings that float on "clouds" suspended from the ceiling. The Atrium was designed by architect J.D. Nelson of Davis Partnership and built by an outstanding team of contractors led by Turner Construction. The Art Conservation Center at the University of Denver installed the mural.

Columbine High School's new cafeteria
Students fill the redesigned cafeteria once more,
just as they did before the bombs went off April '99.

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