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August 2, 2011

 

Project overhauling DeRuyter school building

Classrooms and roofs are being replaced, buildings are being demolished in $4.4M project

ProjectBob Ellis/staff photographer
The front entrance to DeRuyter Central School is demolished Monday to make way for a new entrance with a ramp.

By SCOTT CONROE
Staff Reporter
sconroe@cortlandstandard.net

DeRUYTER — Desks, chairs, stacks of boxes, even a couch covered much of DeRuyter Central School building’s elementary gymnasium and stage Monday.
Throughout the building’s outside and inside, contractors were hard at work. The science classrooms had been emptied of furniture and stripped bare. Stacks of roofing material filled one parking lot. A work crew flattened gravel in another parking lot, to be covered with concrete. A bulldozer crushed a modular classroom building dating back to the 1960s.
The school building is getting a $4.4 million makeover, in a capital project approved by district residents in last August.
State aid is covering 99 percent of the cost. The district’s share is $63,653, which is $25,000 lower than the original figure due to energy savings in the project.
School is scheduled to open on time in September, with some parts of the project still to be done, such as door and window replacement, said Superintendent of Schools Charles Walters.
Work on the project began June 27 and is scheduled to end by Nov. 15, according to a timeline on the district’s website.
The only programs that might have to be moved would be science classes. The classrooms are being renovated. Those classes would be housed in the second modular building, if necessary.
Asbestos abatement has been going on, removing adhesive used to hold flooring in place and replacing the flooring, in six classrooms in the elementary wing. The roof over that wing, where a second floor was added and the library and kitchen were expanded — is being replaced, totaling about 80,000 square feet.
The roof and facade are being replaced, and the interior walls replaced at the annex — the former garage, converted into four classrooms years ago. One classroom will become a weight room that the community can use. The home and career classroom, formerly in that space, will be relocated to the main building, next to the library.
The other three annex classrooms will remain as they are, for music and agriculture technology.
The Crandall House, the white house on school grounds where district offices were located for many years until 2009, was demolished during the week of July 18.
The second modular classroom building, constructed in the 1980s, will remain in place for now in case the school needs it, for example if the science classrooms being renovated are not ready. They are scheduled to be finished on Sept. 2. The modular will be demolished in October.
Demolishing the Crandall House and the two modular buildings will reduce energy costs by $25,000.
“We’ll see even more energy savings once the annex is renovated,” said Jim Southard, assistant superintendent for management services.
The bleachers in the main gymnasium will be replaced in October. Toilets in the elementary wing and gymnasium locker rooms will be replaced in August and October, respectively.
The gymnasium floor was being resealed Monday but that is an annual project.
The building’s original section was constructed in 1934. Additions were built roughly every 20 years after that. A $600,000 project in 2005 replaced boilers, lighting and roofing.
The project manager is Gray Management Systems, based in Phoenix, Oswego County. The architect is March Associates of Utica.
The general contractor is Richard E. Alexander Co. of Marcy. The others are Edgeline Electric Corp. of Manlius for electrical, H.J. Brandeles Corp. of Utica for heating, ventilation and air conditioning and for plumbing, Murphy Excavating Corp. of New Hartford for excavating and paving, B.R. Johnson Inc. of East Syracuse for window replacement, and Deluxe Roofing of Utica for roof replacement.

 

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