During their Nov. 21 meeting, members of the Broadalbin-Perth Board of Education heard from architects and engineers about the first phase of the $39.7 million capital project approved by voters May 17. Superintendent of Schools Stephen Tomlinson says that Phase 1 construction, which will involve extensive outdoor work at both campuses, is expected to begin spring 2017.
At the Perth site, Phase 1 is slated to include all external work, including more than doubling the number of parking spaces and adding a separate access road from County Highway 107 into the parent and visitor parking lot. The district will also rehabilitate the existing baseball and softball fields, and expand the walking trail to create an educational nature trail. (Click the map to open a full-size image.)
At the Broadalbin campus, Phase 1 will include all the athletic field work, including replacing the existing turf and resurfacing the track at Patriot Field, creating new baseball and softball fields, creating a 1.6-mile cross country trail with trail spurs for use as a nature trail, and adding an access road with parking adjacent to the new varsity baseball and softball fields. Phase 1 also includes redirecting the main campus drive from County Road 126 as part of a larger effort to mitigate traffic flow issues behind B-P High School. Existing parking at the Broadalbin campus will be addressed in a later phase of the project. (Click the map to open a full-size image.)
The only interior work that is included in Phase 1 is replacement of the 40-year-old energy management system at both campuses, as well as an upgrade of the district’s phone system. These are considered urgent needs because, due to the age of the systems, replacement parts are no longer available.
Broadalbin-Perth’s architecture firm, CSArch, and engineering firm, Environmental Design Partnership, LLP, submitted detailed plans describing the work to be completed in Phase 1 to the State Education Department Nov. 18. Tomlinson says he expects NYSED to approve those plans by the end of January, at which point the district will accept and award bids to contractors who can complete the work to the district’s specifications. Tomlinson expects that Phase 1 work will last through December 2017, although many parts of Phase 1, including parking at the Perth campus, will be completed before the start of the 2017-18 school year.
Because most of the work is outside the school buildings, Tomlinson expects minimal disruptions to regular school operations or to community members who utilize district facilities. At both campuses, the construction staging areas, including equipment and trailers, will be located as far from the school buildings as possible: At the Broadalbin campus, the staging area will be on the pad of the future tennis courts, and at the Perth campus, it will be located on the newly purchased 3.8-acre parcel of land that will accommodate the new access road.
Complete information about the capital project is available on the 2016 Capital Project page.