Blue Mountain Elementary School Unveils New Sustainable Building Two Years After Tornado Devastation

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Silver Spring, Md. August 9, 2017—
Adventist Risk Management, Inc. (ARM), the official insurance and risk management company for the Seventh-day Adventist Church, was one of several organizations and volunteer groups recognized at the grand re-opening of Blue Mountain Elementary (BME) on Sunday, August 6. After a tornado destroyed the BME building in July 2015, ARM provided emergency funding to assist the school in preparing for the coming school year.
Ron Christman, the treasurer of the Pennsylvania Conference, expressed his gratitude to ARM for the support and resources provided over the past two years culminating in the grand re-opening of the school. “It’s really been a pleasure to work with Adventist Risk Management as a result of this experience…,” said Christman.
“It’s really been a pleasure to work with Adventist Risk Management as a result of this experience…” - Ron Christman
“There were a lot of questions, a lot of concerns, a lot of issues and Adventist Risk Management came along and gave us support step by step...the type of information we needed for good decision making,” said Christman. “I am very grateful for Adventist Risk Management and the way they support in difficult emergency type environments.”
Over the past two years, BME continued to hold classes for its students with the help of Blue Mountain Academy (BMA) located just across the street from BME. “At that time, BMA said we will pull together and put [BME] in the new wing, and we did that for the last couple years,” said Diana Engen, registrar at BMA. “We loved having BME with us, we loved seeing the kids every day.”
In constructing the new building, the BME School Board intentionally decided to invest their resources in a more sustainable and energy efficient building. This included LED lights throughout the school, improved insulation, polished concrete floors, and rubber sports flooring in the gymnasium. “This new energy efficient building that meets all of today’s high energy standards were designed and built in a way to minimize all maintenance,” said Eric Smith, project manager at Conewago Enterprises, Inc. “With this sustainable building, the staff of BME can focus on what matters most: putting in time, resources, effort, and attention towards the kids.”
The school also made changes to its building design to comply with the American Disabilities Act (ADA). Restrooms were built larger to fulfill the requirements of the ADA, as well as the design of the kitchen, door widths, and ramps.
“We are happy to see BME starting this school year in the new building,” said Tim Northrop, president/ CEO of Adventist Risk Management, Inc. “We are happy to have been able to provide support throughout this building process.”

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