Updates: Capital Plan 2017
February 6, 2020
Port Chester UFSD 2017 Bond Referendum Projects Board of Education Update
The project status is as follows:
Park Ave Additions and Renovations / Edison School Site and Lighting projects:
Edison / Park Ave School – Contractors closeout documents were submitted and approved.
King St and JFK Additions and Renovations:
King Street School – The loose furniture that was ordered by the District has been delivered, assembled and placed in the classrooms. The architectural, mechanical, electrical and plumbing punch lists are nearly complete. An exterior punch list will be generated as weather permits. The main roof top unit and other HVAC equipment have been balanced and a report has been issued for approval.
The gym floor is complete except for the revised game line markings and finish coating. The revised layout has been approved, and the required logo stencils are on order. We expect the floor to be completed next month.
The redesign of the larger bleachers has been finalized, and is on order. Delivery is expected in April. The network connections and rack are complete, ready for the District’s IT staff to program the network.
Final low voltage electrical has been installed but we await the AV equipment to be delivered and installed by the electrical prime contractor. We are also awaiting the cameras and card readers.
JFK School – Gymnasium addition - The structural steel at the gym is complete and the roof deck is in progress. The gym floor decking has been installed and we await the installation of the radiant heat system on the floor deck, followed by the pouring of the concrete slab.
(2) story elevator addition – We are still awaiting the elevator installation. We had an elevator meeting and are looking at the best solution for installation dates.
Punch list items on the interior are being completed. We wait additional punch list items to be completed by the Electrical contractor.
High School Additions and Renovations: At the Academic wing, the structural steel installation on the South wing was completed two weeks ago and the last slab was poured last week. The exterior wall framing on the North wing is well underway, and layout has started on the South wing. All staircases have been installed and poured and brick masonry work is continuing on the stair towers.
At the Gymnasium addition, the crane was mobilized and structural steel began last week. Steel is expected to be completed within (2) weeks. The CMU masonry work at that addition is continuing.
On the interior, the Phase I locker room demolition work and concrete block work is approx. 90% completed. The schedule to complete these areas is being finalized by the GC.
Middle School Window / UV / Pedestrian Bridge:
All new storefront windows have been installed except for classroom 206, which will be completed by Monday, February 10th. The interior window sills in 201-206 will be installed as well in these rooms. The associated roofing over this area will follow.
The interior blinds and shades are complete except for room 219 (Office) and classrooms and 201-206.All exterior doors have been installed. The soffits on the east side, first floor will be taped, spackled, sanded and painted. All of the air conditioning condensing units, both base bid and additional change order work, were installed. The Prime contractor responsible for the pedestrian bridge work is substantially complete and is preparing their closeout documents and some punch list items. The GC has begun the work for the closet door frames on the first floor and anticipates that this work will be completed by next month. They have begun to remove debris, materials, equipment and clean up the north side of the staging area and on the east side of the academic wing; The work on the soffits at the four windows at the end of each hallway on the third floor will begin the week of February 10th.
We anticipate substantial completion of the base bid project work by the end of February weather-permitting, with the exception of any weather-related exterior finish work and remaining added scope work / punch list items.
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.