2017-08-11 / Community

District capital projects on time, on budget

BY RIKKI N. MASSAND

Garden City Public Schools go into the 2017-2018 academic year with facility and infrastructure improvements on track and under budget. Gary Gonzalez, senior project manager and associate of Park East Construction Corporation, addressed the board of education on Tuesday, August 8 to provide a look ahead at projects this summer and fall, with long-anticipated updates on the timelines for some big items.

The nurse’s office renovation at the Middle School begun at the end of June, and demolition and abatement were the first steps. Light steel framing and sheetrock installations were next, and all electrical and plumbing are now 100% complete. In the next few weeks contractors will be finishing the ceiling and floors by late August as the project had a target date of September 1.

For Garden City High School’s new synthetic turf field, Gonzalez was right on time with an update – the new turf was delivered the very next day, August 9. He told the board and administration that he project, including the high school track resurfacing and playing field reconstruction, was well underway.

“To date the existing track was removed, the existing field has been removed, and the existing drains have all been covered. We are in the process of installing new drainage this week. The concrete and asphalt was shifted over as well as the concrete for the goalposts (football). The drainage will be completed by the end of this week and turf installation is next week (August 14 to 18). On August 21 we will begin with the actual resurfacing of the track,” Gonzalez said.

School Board Trustee Robert Martin asked if the new track and field will be usable on September 1, and Gonzalez said yes barring any weather delays that could impact the track surface installations. Assistant Superintendent for Business Dana DiCapua asked about G-MAX testing of the turf and Gonzalez said that would be done in the preparations stage.

DiCapua answered another question from Board President Angela Heineman, as she wondered about football practices and other sports that begin training before September 1. DiCapua said there is an arrangement in place with the Village of Garden City to use municipally-owned fields in August. Another arrangement involving the annual summer weight training regimens took shape at the end of last school year, but the district did not run its traditional in-facility program for 2017. “That program we decided not to do since there was already another arrangement, but any sort of interior use of the weight room will continue in fall with minimal obstruction,” she said.

The Middle School breezeway windows reconstruction, another part of a 2016 district referendum, is halfway as the existing breezeways were removed and abated. Temporary partitions were installed in early August. “We installed interior sheetrock and some temporary windows and doors. We are only taking down what we can close up. The contractor informed us today that the breezeway window system will be delivered in the first week of September, still on schedule. That work for installations will take place after school hours and it will be completed by the third week in October,” Gonzalez told the school board.

Heineman asked where the materials are being stored during work, and Gonzalez said the contractors use storage containers at the location and in the Middle School. The high school auxiliary gym window reconstruction, installing a motorized window system, is also moving along. “The delivery came in on Friday, abatement of the existing windows will take place Monday and new windows will be installed by the end of next week – ahead of schedule,” Gonzalez said.

The Administration Building generator is another capital project the district anticipates complete this fall. The unit will be delivered in the third week of September. Gonzalez said a gas company vendor and Maccarone Plumbing of Glen Cove will do the propane tank installations in connection to the generator, and they will be buried underground. The permit approval for the new generator could come in by the third week of September, but the installations of vents and excavation of the existing generator will start within the next two weeks. Gonzalez says once the pieces and permits are clearly in line by September the installation and functional checks should be complete and ready by November, in time for winter.

Board Trustee Robert Martin asked about the propane tanks’ capacity to back up the generator, and Gonzalez said from what BBS Architects and Engineers tells him, there would be enough power to supply the building for three days in case of power loss in an emergency.

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