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New Rochelle School District Moves Forward With Capital Construction Work

Phase II project work will address critical interior and exterior repairs.
Phase II project work will address critical interior and exterior repairs. Photo Credit: Contributed

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- The City School District of New Rochelle is moving ahead with the second phase of a four-part, four-year construction project that will restore aging school buildings and ensure healthy and safe facilities for students and staff, the district recently announced.

The first phase of the project, which included restoration work at Barnard Elementary and Daniel Webster Elementary, was completed on time and on budget in early 2017 at a cost of approximately $6 million, according to a release from the district.

New Rochelle High School is the focus of Phase II, along with Isaac E. Young Middle School and Jefferson Elementary. The majority of the work will take place in the summer of 2017, though some construction will continue through the end of 2018, the release said. The work is expected to cost $46 million.

Design work has already been completed for Phase II. State Education Department filings for building permits are on schedule. The documents to facilitate competitive bidding for the projects are currently being prepared.

Improvements at NRHS will include replacement of sidewalks and parking lot pavement; replacement of, and repair to, the storm drainage network; replacement of the onsite fuel oil tank; slate roof restoration and replacement and flat roof replacement; plumbing and HVAC upgrades; and a new generator, according to the release.

Windows in the original building will be replaced, as will doors and hardware to ensure they are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act and fire safety standards, the release said.

The masonry exterior of NRHS will be repaired where necessary. Carpets and the gym floor will be replaced, and select restrooms with be renovated. Additionally, a new elevator will be installed adjacent to the main lobby, and an exterior accessible route will be provided to the planetarium.

Phase II will also entail several improvements to physical education/athletic spaces at NRHS. The track at McKenna Field will be resurfaced, and lights will be installed, the release said. The retaining wall and stairs at McKenna Field will be replaced.

Two synthetic fields will be replaced near Huguenot Lake. The rooftop tennis courts, which have been out of service for two years, will be relocated (two tennis courts will be added near four existing courts).

Once the tennis courts are relocated, the roof will be replaced, and that surface will provide a potential future site for solar panel installation. In addition to providing energy efficiency, this is a perfect opportunity to afford students an education on the impact of going green and reducing the carbon footprint on the planet, according to the release.

The parking and driveway will be reconfigured, resulting in an improved traffic flow.

Work at the middle school will include flat roof replacement and slate roof repair; pavement, stair and sidewalk replacement; repair to the storm drainage network; replacement of a fuel oil tank and retaining wall; cleaning of masonry and replacement of exterior doors; improving drainage at the football and softball fields; resurfacing of the tennis court and repairing fencing.

Jefferson Elementary work will include HVAC, electrical and plumbing upgrades, door replacements and masonry restoration.

It is anticipated that new playgrounds will be installed in the summer of 2017 at Barnard, Webster, Trinity, Columbus and Jefferson Elementary Schools, and this work will be funded by both bond and annual budget appropriations.

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