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Rebuilding Albany High School

Employment, MWBE opportunities

Project at a glance

Beginning in 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 project.

 

Renovations will 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.

 

Other renovations 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.

 

The fully 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.

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 complex.

 

Information about job opportunities 

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. Please also use our Feedback form to sign up to receive periodic information and updates, including dates and locations of community forums and workshops in the fall and winter.

 

Information for MWBE firms

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. Please visit 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 website, http://www.nysmwbeforum.org/index.html.

 

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 mwbe@albany.k12.ny.us 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 business address.

 

Project updates

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 pool 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.

 

What’s happened since the vote

Summer 2016: 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.

 

October 2016: 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 building.

 

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.

 

November 2016: Architects presented the Board of Education with an updated design report. To date, designs call for:

  • Creating five equal-sized smaller-learning communities, or academies

  • Establishing a guidance and student-support suite in each academy with several computers available for student use

  • Moving the  library, or media center, to the front of the building

  • A new 2-story arts and music addition built adjacent to the existing auditorium.

    • For music, this includes:

      • A band/orchestra room for up to 125 students

      • A chorus room for up to 125 students

      • A recording studio that doubles as a classroom

      • Three individual practice rooms

      • One ensemble practice room

      • Access to the auditorium for band and orchestra practice

    • For visual and digital art, this includes

      • Three studio-art rooms

      • Two three-dimensional art rooms

      • One two-dimensional art room

      • Group spaces

      • A new media art lab

      • A TV production room

  • Creating a small theater/performance space that could seat approximately 150 (in addition to providing balcony seating that will be added to the current auditorium)

  • Revamping the athletics facilities, including:

    • Creating three gym stations in the main gymnasium

    • Creating two gym stations in the rubber gymnasium

    • Creating a new weight and fitness center with two gym stations

    • Building a new indoor track

    • Updating the dance studio and wresting room

  • Redesigning more efficient space for career and technical programs

  • Locating three nurses’ offices throughout the building

  • Adding three special-needs classrooms in addition to what was previously planned

  • Adding a third art classroom, a new media art lab and a TV production room

Click the highlighted text to see a summary presented by architects and the full schematic design report reviewed by the school board.

 

What’s next?

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 later date.

 

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 August 2019.

 

The fourth and last phase of the entire renovation and rebuilding project is scheduled to finish in the summer of 2024.

 

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