ST. GREGORY’S SCHOOL FOR BOYS
St Gregory has an enrollment of 210 boys. The school was using an existing 60′ x 40′ gym, which is inadequate for their current needs. The project scope called for a new gym, with a playing court surface of 45′ x 80′ as well as modifying and expanding other existing spaces in the building. The new gym contains pull-out bleachers, new locker rooms, an accessible stage, additional gym storage and a new entrance lobby with a chapel and connecting link to the existing school building. There will also be public restroom and refreshment facilities to serve school functions in the new gym.
Additional classroom space has also been added including a new Art Room, 2 Flexible Use Rooms and General School Storage Space.
Providing all of the Client’s original goals for a limited budget proved to be the biggest challenge of this project. Through extensive value engineering, the Architect-CM team was able to save $345,000 for the owner without changing the original design goals.
ALBANY ACADEMY FOR GIRLS, ALBANY NY
A $1.6 million expansion and improvement project for the Albany Academy for Girls. At the center of the project is a new 4, 500 sf Media Center. Three times the size of the spaces it replaces, the center contains library space, archives, 12 computer stations and a multi-purpose room to be used for distance learning.
The School’s Science Wing has been remodeled, with improvements to the biology, chemistry, physical science, and primary science laboratories and the addition of a fifth laboratory.
The Arts Wing has also been remodeled, including the addition of a new student lounge and a new multipurpose room. Network wiring is run to all classrooms in the school to allow for six computers per classroom and Internet Access.
A new physical education facility was also part of the expansion program. The building included a new gym, running track, work out space as well as several handball courts.
Time constraints proved to be the challenge for this project. The entire project had to be constructed over the summer vacation so that the students could use the new classrooms and Media Center in the fall semester.