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Aug 18, 2009 7:37 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

East Hamptons schools construction on schedule

Aug 18, 2009 7:37 PM

The ongoing construction at the East Hampton School District’s three campuses—the John Marshall Elementary School, the middle school and the high school—is on schedule for September, according to Frank Messano, the project’s construction manager, of Park East Construction of South Huntington.

Work on both the elementary and middle schools, which started in the spring of 2008, is scheduled to be finished by the end of the summer. Work on the high school, which began in May, is the last phase of the $80 million districtwide expansion and renovation project, which was approved by district voters in a bond referendum in May 2006. The project is scheduled to be finished by the end of 2010.

Over the summer, as construction progressed, the high school grounds have taken on a post-apocalyptic appearance for a reason. The concrete foundations for additions that will total 88,000 square feet were completed. The parking lot in front of the school was bulldozed to make way for a reconfigured lot with 100 additional parking spaces. The school’s 15,000-square-foot roof was replaced with an energy-saving white, reflective roof that deflects sunlight and is better insulated so the building retains its heat.

Mr. Messano said the company plans to have one of the classroom additions finished by October or early November so that it can be used as swing space for classes so that construction on an existing classroom wing in the school can continue through the school year.

The other additions include more classrooms, a modern cafeteria with high ceilings and partial glass walls, a new space for the main office including the guidance department, and new space for the school district offices, which are currently housed on Pantigo Road.

Mr. Messano said the parking lot will be done by September, except for part of a new bus loop. He explained that the lot will have new one-way and wider entrances from Long Lane, to increase safety, and a bus loop that will be separate from the car drop-off. The enlarged, separate bus loop was designed to fit all the buses on site during arrival and dismissal. The lot’s 100 new parking spaces reduced the lawn that stretched between Long Lane and the school’s parking lot.

Within the existing building, Mr. Messano said workers have renovated 19 classrooms by installing new floors, ceilings, ventilation units and glass windows, which all will improve the building’s energy efficiency. New drainage and sanitary systems were also completed across the grounds.

The green design of the renovations and additions made the district the first in New York to be certified by the New York State Education Department Collaborative for High Performance Schools or CHPS, which set voluntary standards for green building especially designed for K-12 schools to greatly increase environmental efficiency and healthy building practices.

At the middle school, which only underwent renovations, the contractors are finishing a new library and three new science classrooms that previously formed the fifth grade wing. New heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, as well as new plumbing and electrical wiring were also completed.

New fifth grade classrooms were just finished within the seven-classroom addition of 10,000 square feet at John Marshall Elementary School. An 8,800-square-foot addition for a new cafeteria was also built with a new kitchen and a music room.

At all the schools, contractors renovated the bathrooms to make them handicapped accessible to meet standards set by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Mr. Messano, as the construction manager, is overseeing seven different contractors that are managing different aspects of the work. Pav-Lak Industries, Inc. of Hauppauge is the general contractor for the high school, with the largest contract of just over $29.2 million.

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