Updates: Capital Plan 2017
July 2, 2019
Port Chester UFSD 2017 Bond Referendum Projects Board of Education Update
The project is in the final stage / closeout.
Park Ave School
The project is progressing as planned. The interior finishes are continuing. The final A/C components have been delivered and are being installed, which will facilitate the completion of the ceiling and lighting. Fire alarm devices are being installed. Over the next several weeks, we anticipate the addition will be completed and the site will be restored, ready for September occupancy.
King Street Additions and Renovations
The interior metal stud partition walls have been constructed in the classroom addition. The exterior wall installation is nearly complete. CMU block work is at window level and is continuing. The gymnasium main air duct installation has been completed and will tied into the new ceiling and equipment at the appropriate time.
Anticipated work over the next several weeks includes the new water service tap from the street to the hot box and the meter installed. The storm water lines will be installed from the building to the storm drainage system and the sanitary sewer will be installed from the building to the curb line, as well as purging of the gas system in the school building. We anticipate roofing will be started after the approval of the mockup and the masonry is finished. The parking area work began and will continue in earnest as soon as Con Ed abandons the existing gas line.
JFK Additions and Renovations
1-story (2) classroom addition – The parapet and framing is complete, and the brick masonry is approx. 70% complete (west and south sides). The installation of ductwork, piping, and split AC units is nearly complete. Electrical roughing is approx. 40% complete. Roofing is expected to commence as soon as revisions are made to the roofing mockup and approved
(2) story elevator addition - The concrete foundation walls have been waterproofed and the surrounding area backfilled. Compaction of the soil within the addition is complete. We are anticipating structural steel in this area to commence this week, including the roof decking.
(6) new classrooms within existing wing – all classrooms are primed and 90% painted. Electrical roughing is complete, awaiting light fixtures on or about July 10th. The corridor wall and ceiling installation are in progress, with the ceiling materials expected to be delivered this week.
Gymnasium addition – Gym footings is in progress and will continue pending resolution of some open unforeseen items, such as relocating concrete drainage structures, raising of the surrounding grades, removal of an existing 48” storm line, which is contingent upon the installation of a new replacement line. This work is expected to resume the week of July 8. The electrical contractor is awaiting an installation date from Con Ed for the required electrical service.
Work anticipated over the next several weeks includes the completion of the corridor steel detailing and metal stud installation in the 1-story addition. The brick masonry work is anticipated to commence on the 1-story addition along with the roofing. The structural steel for the 2-story addition will be started. The forming and pouring of the gymnasium foundation walls will begin.
High School Additions and Renovations
Over the last several weeks, in addition to the storm retention area and clearing of the site, the gymnasium addition excavation has commenced. Several unforeseen buried concrete structures were discovered, and the design team is reviewing the potential impacts. Surveying for the academic addition boundaries was performed. The PCHS grounds equipment storage area was cleared in order to lay out the new elevator shaft. MEP and steel coordination continues between the project team and the contractors. The required special inspections and testing has commenced.
Anticipated work over the next several weeks includes milling of the asphalt and commencing of drilling for the foundation piers at the academic addition, along with forming and pouring the initial set of footings for the gymnasium addition. At the South parking area, contractors plan to excavate and start the underground drainage system. Interior demolition for the first phase will commence.
Middle School Window/UV/Pedestrian Bridge:
The removal of canopies is complete. The window and unit ventilator removals have begun and will continue through the summer, along with the installation of new windows and mechanical equipment. The first truckload of window components has been delivered. The bridge restoration and concrete stair replacement are continuing.
Taxpayer Value. A Sound Investment
$79,950,000 The total cost of all additions, renovations and upgrades included in the 2017 Capital Project
$75 annually per $100,000 of property assessment The 24-year average annual cost to Port Chester taxpayers.
Estimated 66% state reimbursement on allowable expenditures
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2017 Port Chester Schools Capital Project - Planning for Tomorrow and Beyond
A Community-Minded Initiative
The Port Chester-Rye Union Free School District voter approved a $79.95 million capital project on March 28, 2017. This initiative, developed with the guidance of a community-driven Bond Advisory Committee, will address critical building needs. It’s a forward-thinking plan that will create improved learning spaces to best serve our growing student body. Community members, including those with civic organizations, arts groups, athletic teams and more, will also be welcome to utilize these spaces.
21st Century Learning Spaces
This capital project will add the space needed to solve the district-wide problem of classrooms functioning at or near capacity – an issue the district was cited for by the Middle States Accreditation Commission. The plan is critical to meet the needs of a student body that is forecasted for continued growth.
Lack of space in our buildings has led to many elementary class sizes that exceed the State Education Department recommendations. Without adequate classrooms at the secondary level, our district is unable to offer the electives and honors level courses available in many surrounding districts. Valuable programs like the school’s International Baccalaureate program, highly regarded by college admissions officers, are also at risk. This initiative is focused on creating 21st century learning spaces with better teacher/student ratios and academic options to meet the needs of every student.
Planning for Academic Success
Smaller class sizes improve student outcomes by providing more time for teacher instruction. More class offerings lead to more engaged learners, improved graduation rates, and higher college acceptances.
The capital project additionally includes facility upgrades for athletics and the arts. A new high school gymnasium will increase capacity for instruction, while bringing competition space up to State High School Association standards. This will enable the district to host state tournament and championship games. New full size rehearsal spaces for the award-winning band and choral programs will make space for greater educational programming on the presently overused auditorium stage.
All in all, this plan will raise the academic profile of the Port Chester-Rye Union Free School District across all grades and student abilities.
A Sensible Investment for the Future
The 2017 capital project is a sound plan to secure funding through borrowing and state aid. The timing is right since interest rates are historically low, and previous debt will be expiring in the near future. This plan will have a long term positive impact and provide annual cost savings by keeping more special education students in district for instruction. In the past decade, our district has undertaken proactive measures to upgrade, but even with these efforts, our schools are inadequate to meet the needs of our students and community. This plan includes new and renovated spaces for 5 out of 6 schools, and will maintain all neighborhood elementary schools. In addition, it will increase curb appeal and create spaces that community groups will be welcome to use.
Better facilities make better districts, which make better communities; better communities increase home values. That is a cycle of value-adding for all of Port Chester.