School board members voted unanimously April 29 to approve the mechanical, plumbing and electrical bids for the planned Greenacres School renovation and construction, which is slated to break ground as soon as students and teachers leave the building for the summer at the end of June.
Because of a mathematical error the lowest general construction bidder withdrew their bid. The district then received a request to withdraw from the second lowest construction bidder. The board will vote on the third lowest general construction bidder, who is still within the budget parameters, at the school board meeting May 13.
“I’m looking forward to all the hard work coming to fruition for the Greenacres families and staff and of course the whole community,” Scarsdale Board of Education President Scott Silberfein told the Inquirer. “Obviously our vigilance in maintaining a safe and secure environment throughout the construction is of paramount concern, but we believe that we’re going to be able to do that successfully, as we’ve done in other projects.”
Clean Air Quality Service Inc. of Hawthorne was awarded a mechanical contract bid of $3,693,669. S & L Plumbing and Heating Corp. of Brewster was awarded a plumbing contract bid of $1,385,500. Healy Electric Contracting Inc. of White Plains was awarded an electrical contract bid of $3,060,500.
Greenacres residents met May 7 with construction manager Park East Construction Corp. of Huntington Station and BBS Architects, Landscape Architects & Engineers of Patchogue to voice their concerns and ask questions about the school’s renovation, which took up almost half of the voter-approved $65 million 2018 bond.
“I thought [the meeting] was a terrific success,” said Greenacres Neighborhood Association president Andrew Sereysky. About half of the households in the Greenacres community don’t have children who attend the school, and the meeting was “primarily for those people … to be able to come and listen to what’s going on and ask questions,” said Sereysky.
Questions ranged from new drop-off locations for students to concerns about noise, dust, traffic and failure to meet construction deadlines.
The $28.4 million construction project will be laid out in three phases. Phase one, which includes the construction of the addition, will begin at the end of this June and will continue until September 2020. Phase two, which will begin at the end of June and wrap up by the end of August, will include renovation and interior work on 11 classrooms and throughout the school. Because it involves interior work, the second phase work will only take place during the summer. Phase three will include fine-tuning of the interior of the school and won’t begin until June 2020, and also will take place only during the summer.
Computer, art, makerspace and music rooms will receive a renovation upgrade. The library, hallway restrooms and the skylights in the gymnasium will also receive upgrades.
Construction of the addition in phase one will happen during school hours, but will be coordinated with the contractors so they are notified of any potential testing schedules or meetings so they can limit noise disruption. If possible schedule conflicts arise, construction will occur after school hours or on weekends.
“School construction always is on tight schedules because you have two months to get everything done,” Assistant Superintendent for Business Stuart Mattey told the Inquirer. “That’s what contractors are used to, they take the work knowing that, and certainly the contractor that’s being brought forth to the board has a large amount of school experience, so it’s used to these sorts of timelines.”
Most of the significantly loud work, such as abatement and foundation construction, is scheduled to happen at the beginning of the summer, according to Gary Gonzales, the vice president-project executive for Park East Construction Corp.
The construction manager and architect also met with members of the Greenacres PTA May 1 to answer questions and hear concerns. Greenacres PTA president Christa Mruz did not wish to comment on the meeting.
“Whatever measures need to be taken to ensure a safe opening of school will be done, whether that be overtime [or] weekend work,” said Silberfein. If there are delays in construction there will be “meetings and discussions about where to cut the work so we can be in a safe environment for the opening of school,” he said.