Updates: Capital Plan 2017

July 30, 2019

Port Chester UFSD 2017 Bond Referendum Projects Board of Education Update

The project status is as follows: 

Edison School Site and Lighting projects:– The project is in the final stage / closeout.

Park Ave Additions and Renovations – The scaffolding has been removed. Final items are being completed this week, including Fire Alarm devices, casework and sinks.  The existing classrooms are being cleaned for re-occupancy. Over the next (3) weeks, we anticipate the Punch list to be completed, furniture moved in, and the site restored, ready for September occupancy.

King Street Additions and Renovations

The exterior wall installation is complete. CMU block work is 95% complete. The brick is complete on the classroom north wall and is about 80% complete on the gym. The corridor brick work is approx. 95% complete. Electrical work has been following the block work and is up to date.

The gas system in the school building and in the parking lot was purged. The line was also disconnected at the street.  The parking area work began and they continue to install the drainage pipes and structures. The parking lot lights and poles are onsite, awaiting the concrete pole bases.

The steel was installed in the existing school corridor to support the new RTU unit. The sleeve for the RTU will be cut through the roofing and be placed on blocks with temporary roofing over the weekend.

Anticipated work over the next several weeks includes the new water service tap from the street to the hot box and the meter installed. Complications on the water company side has slowed the installation, due to water main leaks that needed to be fixed first. 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.  We anticipate roofing will be started after final approval of the mockup and the masonry is finished.

JFK Additions and Renovations:

(6) new classrooms within existing wing –  The ceramic tile installation began this week and will continue. The classroom ceiling and VCT flooring installations will continue. All of the transitions and diffusers for the ductwork in the area have been installed and insulated. The electricians  began installation of the light fixtures. Masonry will begin shortly under each of the windows and the framing at the window soffits will be finalized.

1-story (2) classroom addition – The masonry work will continue at the one story addition. We are awaiting remaining structural steel, which required some modifications in order to complete the egress corridor section of the addition. Worth’s window subcontractor is set to return this week to continue its work in this area. The roofing subcontractor began their blocking at the one (1) story addition. The HVAC equipment (Split units, coils, convectors) at the one story addition have been installed. The electrical roughing, including conduits, is 70% complete.

2-story elevator addition -  The concrete slab and decking was poured. Masonry is expected to commence within the next 2 weeks. The plumbers will begin work in the two (2) story addition bathrooms this week. The GC has completed the demolition in the maintenance area where the new stairs will be installed. The electrical contractor is waiting on Con Ed to schedule their new service into the existing building.

Gymnasium addition – Gym footings will continue as some open unforeseen items were resolved, 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. The architects and engineers have reviewed and propose to re-locate the storm drainage piping from the existing building and 2-story addition into the open, excavated area at the gymnasium to avoid trenching in the driveway and potentially encountering unsuitable soil. 

 High School Additions and Renovations: 

Over the last several weeks, in the Academic Wing, contractors completed the drilling for new pilings and started installing concrete foundations, including one of the stairwells.  They have also been upgrading their erosion control measures. Excavation was started for the South parking lot, and the underground drainage system was installed. Port Chester issued a sidewalk permit for the College Ave parking area. The bleacher seating was removed in anticipation of replacement. Phase I of the locker room demolition is about 80% complete. Contractors are reviewing changes to the gymnasium foundation plans due to unforeseen conditions found in that area.

 Anticipated work over the next several weeks includes continued excavation and concrete foundations at the new Academic Wing, preparing underground drainage measures and continuing work on the parking lots on the North and South sides of the property, which includes  the start of the retaining wall along College Ave. On the interior, they will concentrate on completing temporary partitions needed for the school year, clean up and turnover of required spaces to the staff. 

Middle School Window / UV / Pedestrian Bridge:

The focus is on the center Academic Wing. The West side academic window removals are complete, along with the roofing reconfiguration and steel tubing. The interior of the classrooms on this side are approx. 90% complete. The windows are being shipped.  On the East side, the new interior work is expected to be at approx. 80% be the end of the week. Once the delivered window components are confirmed, windows will be removed on the East side, and steel installed. The unit ventilator installation has begun, and the MEP contractors continue their work. The bridge restoration and concrete stair replacement are continuing in coordination with the window work.




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

 logoA 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.