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Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Schenectady Schools Capital project is progressing – The Daily Gazette

SCHENECTADY – Work on the second phase of the Schenectady city school capital project is nearing completion, according to members of the design team, who provided an update on construction during a recent Board of Education meeting.

According to Robert Grande, construction is in the final stages at both Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Woodlawn Elementary Schools, with staff waiting to “button up” the interiors of each building and to deliver and install the final materials. Project Engineer at Turning Construction Company.

Both buildings have undergone extensive renovations, including, among other things, new sidewalks, electrical works and plumbing fixtures at MLK, and renovations to the baseball field, lockers, and plumbing at Woodlawn.

Work on the primary schools is part of the $65 million second phase of the district’s capital project, approved by voters in 2017. The first phase of the project, which saw $70 million in improvements to seven middle and elementary schools, was completed a few years ago. ,

At Pleasant Valley Elementary School, staff are in the process of installing a new staircase on the east side of the building and are expected to begin enclosing the building in the coming weeks. Grande said a stairway installed on the building’s west side has already been closed.

“One of the outer stair towers on the west end of the building is now completely enclosed and you’ll see the scaffolding coming down. And then on the east side, they’ll finish the exterior work here in the next few weeks and then attach it And they can concentrate on the internal work of both those stair towers,” he said.

Grande said the one-story stair tower is expected to be completed and turned into the school district by the Christmas holiday, which will allow some of the older stair towers to be taken down.

In the meantime, he expects the crew to complete the current phase of construction at Yates Elementary School around the Christmas break. Several renovated classrooms have already been replaced in the district and work is on to install new floor and corridor lighting.

At Hamilton Elementary School, the delivery of a long-awaited lift is expected in the coming days. Once installed, the building will be cordoned off and handed over to the school during the February recess.

Grande said interior renovations, including class work and flooring, are expected to be completed by the Christmas break.

“Then we will move on to the final stages of construction to get us through this project,” he said.

Contact correspondent Chad Arnold at: 518-410-5117 or [email protected], Follow him on Twitter: @ChadGArnold.

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