Search for a New Architect
The first major recommendation resulting from our “pause” is to employ a new architect for the Greenacres work and beyond. District administration will be putting out a Request for Proposals for a new architectural firm that specializes in innovation, space utilization, sustainability efforts, and New York public school experience. Our Facilities Committee is currently identifying firms of interest in early December and recommend firms to the Board of Education on Dec. 12. Requests for Proposals will be due by Jan. 18, 2017, and the finalists will be interviewed by the Board of Education by Feb. 7. We hope to approve the finalist on Feb. 13.
It is still our goal to have proposals on Greenacres well before the end of this school year in order to align these with other work from the District’s Master Facility Plan that will come the basis of the next bond proposal.
Construction Work to Begin
Construction bids for projects approved by voters in December 2014 have recently been approved by the Board of Education, paving the way for work to begin.
The projects awarded are as follows:
● Heathcote – Improve the existing multi-purpose room/lunch area; add a student services office corridor; and construct a new multi-purpose room;
● Edgewood - Replace/expand/renovate library; relocate office within existing building footprint; construct new portico at front of building to define main entrance from the street;
● Middle School - Add additional orchestra rehearsal room and storage area to northeast corner of Middle School; renovate former custodial offices to create new instructional music space;
● High School - Renovate existing space in and around gyms A/B to create a Learning Commons; Improve courtyard and kitchen areas. In addition, the Scarsdale Schools Education Foundation pledged to donate $1.8 million in support of a new Design Lab and an additional $800,000 to build a new Fitness Center, both of which are also scheduled for construction this year.
Here are estimated construction periods, from start time through substantial completion, at each of our affected buildings.
Fitness Center: December 5, 2016 - May 5, 2017
Design Lab: June 27, 2017 - November 3, 2017
Learning Commons: December 5, 2016 - August 25, 2017
Courtyard & Kitchen Area June 26, 2017 - August 25, 2017
Existing Multi-purpose, Occupational
& Physical Therapy Spaces: June 26, 2017 - August 25, 2017
New Multi-Purpose June 26, 2017 - March 30, 2018
Library Reconstruction June 26, 2017 - March 30, 2018
Office Relocation: June 26, 2017 - August 25, 2017
Music/Multi-Purpose Space: December 5, 2016 - June 24, 2017
Existing Music Room Renovations June 26, 2017 - August 25, 2017
All construction areas will be marked and secured for safety and any areas requiring asbestos removal will have that work completed when schools are closed. If you visit one of the campuses impacted by construction, you may notice contractors’ trailers in cornered-off areas which will serve as their office during construction. Please note that all of these areas are designated as construction zones and are off limits to students, parents, and the public. If you have any questions regarding any of these projects please contact Stuart Mattey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meanwhile, we have things to celebrate. Two groundbreaking ceremonies are being held in the next couple of weeks to celebrate the creation of new spaces in our District, completed thanks to the successful 2014 bond.
On Dec. 14, a groundbreaking will take place at the Middle School for the new orchestral rehearsal room. And on Dec. 20, a groundbreaking ceremony will take place for several projects, starting at Gyms A/B on the second floor, the site of the new Learning Commons, and concluding with visits to the sites of the new Design Lab and Fitness Center.