Rebuilding Albany High School
Employment, MWBE opportunities
In 2018, the City School
District of Albany will break ground on a $179.9
million project to renovate and expand Albany
High School. The project, which voters approved
in February 2016, will add more than 250,000
square feet of new facilities and completely
renovate the existing 378,000-square-foot
Project at a glance
mid-2018, new construction will include
a three-story academic building behind
the school and a new building for art
and music classrooms. The school’s open
courtyard also will be enclosed in
subsequent phases of the seven-year
include a complete makeover of the
current three-story academic wing, which
will include space for career and
technical education programs currently
housed three blocks away at Abrookin
Career and Technical Center.
ahead include completely replacing the
school’s heating, ventilation and
air-conditioning systems, adding a new
200-seat balcony to the auditorium and
creating new space for
physical-education classes, including
jogging lanes in the main gym.
renovated and rebuilt facility will
expand the size of the current building
by about 50 percent. Today’s Albany High
building, including Abrookin,
encompasses about 378,000 square feet; the new
and improved Albany High will add about
250,000 square feet of new space.
Information about job
The project will bring
hundreds of construction jobs to our community over a seven-year period.
The district is committed to helping City of Albany residents, and
especially residents of color, acquire the knowledge and skills
necessary to benefit from these job opportunities, as well as other
construction jobs throughout our community and region.
Click here to download a brochure with more information
about getting started on your way to employment in a construction trade.
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locations of community forums and workshops in the fall and winter.
Information for MWBE
The project also will provide
a wide range of opportunities for Minority- and Women-Owned Business
Enterprises (MWBE firms). The district is committed to helping MWBE
firms navigate the bidding and certification processes.
New York State MWBE Forum, Oct. 4-5
Is your organization a
minority- or woman-owned business? If so, come see us at the 2017 New
York State MWBE Forum on Wednesday, Oct. 4 and Thursday, Oct. 5 at the
Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany.
The event is the largest statewide MWBE forum of the
year and a great opportunity to elevate your business with new
opportunities and a plan on how to win them.
The City School District of Albany is participating
with an information table to provide guidance on how MWBE firms and
individual workers can position themselves to take advantage of
opportunities throughout the district, including the rebuilding of
Albany High School that is scheduled to begin in 2018.
us at Booth 118 on the upper tier inside the convention center.
The forum is from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday, with a
reception from 6-8 p.m. Thursday’s schedule is from 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
For more information or to register, please visit the MWBE forum
For more information about the
Albany High project,
click here to download a brochure to learn more about
opportunities for MWBE firms. If you have an MWBE-certified firm or are
interested in finding out more about the certification process, please
send us an email at
email@example.com to sign up for our MWBE mailing list. Please
be sure to include all of the following information: full business name,
trade/industry sector, number of employees, is your business currently
MWBE certified, contact person with title, phone numbers, email and
The failing roof
was replaced during the summer of 2016 and ground broken in October 2016
on renovation of the pool building as progress unfolds in the remaking
of Albany High School. The district celebrated the
completion of the p
ool renovations with a ribbon-cutting
ceremony May 10. Voters approved the pool renovations in May 2015
through a separate district-wide facilities referendum after a large
section of the pool's exterior wall collapsed the previous winter.
happened since the vote
The first order of business was replacing Albany High’s failing roof.
Construction started and finished ahead of time.
Also over the
summer, architects met with faculty and staff to get more input on the
renovation and rebuilding plans, which call for four phases of
construction over a seven-year period.
The district began renovations on the high school’s pool facility. The
pool has been out of service since a large section of the outside wall
collapsed during a period of extreme cold in March 2015. Two months
later, voters approved a tax-free referendum to fully renovate the pool
The $4 million
pool renovation is part of a $14 million package of repairs and upgrades
at 14 district buildings that has no tax impact.
Work on the pool building is scheduled to
finish in April. Albany High’s boys’ and girls’ swim teams, displaced
since the pool closure, will be back home next school year. The school
district also will reinstate a learn-to-swim program for second-graders
that has been put on hold while the pool is out of service.
Architects presented the Board of Education with an updated design
report. To date, designs call for:
equal-sized smaller-learning communities, or academies
a guidance and student-support suite in each academy with several
computers available for student use
the library, or media
center, to the front of the building
2½-story arts and music addition built adjacent to the existing
music, this includes:
band/orchestra room for up to 125 students
chorus room for up to 125 students
recording studio that doubles as a classroom
individual practice rooms
ensemble practice room
Access to the auditorium for band and orchestra practice
and digital art, this includes
small theater/performance space that could seat approximately 150
(in addition to providing balcony seating that will be added to the
athletics facilities, including:
three gym stations in the main gymnasium
gym stations in the rubber gymnasium
new weight and fitness center with two gym stations
new indoor track
dance studio and wresting room
more efficient space for career and technical programs
three nurses’ offices throughout the building
special-needs classrooms in addition to what was previously planned
third art classroom, a new media art lab and a TV production room
highlighted text to see a summary
presented by architects and the
design report reviewed by the school board.
After additional tinkering, the completed plan
for Phase 1 will be submitted to the State Education for approval
sometime in 2017. Plans for subsequent phases will be submitted at a
Since the approval process takes about a year,
work on the first phase – construction of a new academic building behind
the current school – is slated to start in spring 2018 and finish in
The fourth and last phase of the entire
renovation and rebuilding project is scheduled to finish in the summer