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Schenectady schools capital project progressing

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SCHENECTADY — Work on the second phase of Schenectady city school’s capital project is nearing completion, according to members of the design team, who provided an update on construction during a recent Board of Education meeting. 

Construction at both Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Woodlawn elementary schools is in the final stages with crews in the process of “buttoning up” the interiors of each building and waiting for the final materials to be delivered and installed, according to Robert Grande, a project engineer at Turning Construction Co.

Both buildings underwent extensive renovations, including, among other things, new sidewalks, electrical work and plumbing fixtures at MLK, and renovations to the baseball field, lockers and plumbing at Woodlawn. 

Work on the elementary schools is part of the $65 million second phase of the district’s capital project approved by voters back in 2017. Phase 1 of the project, which saw $70 million in improvements to seven middle and elementary schools, was completed a few years ago.

At Pleasant Valley Elementary School, crews are in the process of installing a new staircase on the east side of the building and are expected to begin enclosing the building in the coming weeks. A staircase installed on the building’s west side has already been enclosed, Grande said.

“One of the exterior stair towers on the west end of the building is now fully enclosed and you’ll start to see that scaffolding coming down. And then on the east side, they will be finishing up the exterior work here in the next couple of weeks and then that will be enclosed and they can focus on the interior work of both of those stair towers,” he said. 

A single-story stair tower is expected to be completed and turned over to the school district by the Christmas break, which will allow some of the out-of-date stair towers to be taken down, Grande said. 

Meanwhile, he expects crews to finish the current phase of construction at Yates Elementary School around the Christmas break. Several renovated classrooms have already been turned over to the district and work to install new flooring and corridor lighting remains ongoing.

At Hamilton Elementary School, a long-awaited elevator is expected to be delivered in the coming days. Once installed, the building will be enclosed and turned over to the school during the February break. 

Interior renovations, including classroom work and flooring, is expected to be complete by the Christmas break, Grande said. 

“Then we’ll be moving into the final phases of construction to get us through this project,” he said. 

Contact reporter Chad Arnold at: 518-410-5117 or [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter: @ChadGArnold.  

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