South Colonie CSD District-Wide Construction
Colonie, New York
- $6.5 million for 21st-century technology upgrades to the South Colonie Central High School, including alterations and equipment upgrades to the existing first-floor technology wing and second-floor art classrooms
- $1.55 million for a 3,940-square-foot media center addition to Forest Park Elementary
- $1.45 million for a 1,655-square-foot addition, a 3,500-square-foot renovation of existing space for a media center and 2,285 square feet of other renovations at Roessleville Elementary
- $3.6 million for a district-wide technology upgrade to bring building-wide networking, VOIP, clocks and public address systems to all three schools.
The existing 1960s libraries at Forest Park and Roessleville Elementary Schools will be replaced by state-of-the-art media centers with an emphasis on community access. At each school, the new media centers will accommodate both existing physical media collections and expanded computer-based digital media.
Each center has a unique design in keeping with the school’s identity, but both are informed by daylight studies including digital simulations of daylight autonomy, illumination and glare to rejuvenate the learning spaces. Forest Park’s design for a standalone addition that connects to the lobby features a gable roof and peaked window walls to maximize daylight. The addition at Roessleville Elementary has a prominent curved window wall and a raised roof and includes alterations to existing spaces for accessible toilet rooms, a faculty lounge and offices.
High ceilings, interior and exterior light shelves and window walls with translucent glazing will result in comfortable and spacious learning environments with less reliance on artificial lighting at both locations.
Work at the High School includes alterations and equipment upgrades to 18,500 square feet of the existing first-floor technology wing and 3,700 square feet of the second-floor art classrooms, as well as HVAC infrastructure alterations covering 41,800 square feet of the building.
The technology wing will be reconfigured to increase the functionality and visual access of the computer robotics lab and engineering/CNC lab and classroom.The computer/digital arts classrooms will share a fabrication room with new equipment. The orchestra room and music teaching offices will be enlarged and upgraded with new modular music practice rooms and equipment. The art studios on the second floor will also get new equipment, storage spaces and office areas.
The ventilation system at the high school will be converted from steam to hot water distribution with a new boiler and locker room ventilation system.