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Capital Project Work Begins

Construction on school storage buildings is seen next to the bus garage.

Phase I of a capital project approved by voters in 2015 is underway at Unadilla Valley Central School.

Construction on two storage buildings adjacent to the bus garage began earlier this month, and a window and door replacement effort will start later this fall. Those components represent about $2 million of the overall $12.8 million project.

The district bus garage has long had a storage crunch and rock salt has had to be stored inside the garage.

“Right now it causes problems with space and corrosion,” Business Administrator Michael Brown said Thursday.

One of two storage buildings being constructed on the north side of the garage will be used to stockpile rock salt for use in winter months. The second storage building will be used to store maintenance equipment and supplies.

The construction will allow the Transportation Department to improve efficiency and increase longevity of equipment and buses. The second part of the Phase I work involves replacing windows and some doors. Windows will be replaced in all classrooms and along the front of the building to improve energy efficiency in a building that is in its 14th year of use.

Several doors that show signs of corrosion will also be replaced to improve energy efficiency.

The second – and more extensive – phase of the project is expected to get final approval from the state Education Department in the next few weeks. Demolition as part of that project is projected to begin in December, with completion expected by the beginning of the 2017-18 school year.

This phase includes:
• Renovating and enlarging the agricultural/technology area to include a greenhouse that can be used as a year-round classroom and make the lab or shop area safer for the number of students in the programs.
• Adding video cameras and electronic access linked to the district’s surveillance and automatic lockdown systems.
• Replacing and improving magnetic door openers.
• Replacing aging carpet.
• Installing new, high efficiency lighting in the pool, auditorium, gym, and hall areas.
• Completing the existing wash bay at the bus garage by painting and installing an automatic washing system.
• Installing additional exhaust fans and modifying the HVAC system in parts of the building;
• Adding a fence around the playground.
• Widening the sidewalk leading to the secondary building entrance and adding a sidewalk along the front of the pool.
• Upgrading the drop ceiling in the locker room areas.
• Improving climate control and insulation in the server room and server closets.
• Renovating the HVAC system in the pool area and installing a pool cover;
• Upgrading the fiber backbone on the district’s network
• Improving and expanding the district’s wireless network.

The project is being funded through a combination of building aid from New York State, EXCEL aid, the district’s capital reserve fund and the Smart Schools Bond Act. There is no increase in school taxes due to the project.

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