Capital Project

Repairs and upgrades to Amsterdam schools

In March 2016, Greater Amsterdam School District residents approved a $48.9 million capital project proposal that has since been addressing safety and infrastructure issues throughout the district.

By maximizing state aid and utilizing some fund balance, school officials said there would be no local tax impact to complete the work.

Many improvements address deficiencies identified in the district’s state-mandated Building Condition Survey and facilities plan, including water damage due to poor drainage and ventilation, crumbling sidewalks, aging windows and poor lighting.

Additional renovations include plumbing, electrical and mechanical system work; parking lot and road reconfiguration; interior and exterior repairs to school buildings; and athletic facility upgrades. Each building will have interior and exterior fluorescent lights replaced with more energy efficient LED lighting, new security cameras will be installed and aged electrical systems will also be replaced.

Much of the work is taking place in and around Lynch Literacy Academy, Tecler Arts in Education Magnet School and Amsterdam High School, where major mechanical and electrical systems are worn down after nearly 40 years in operation. 

Project Overview

How are GASD’s buildings doing?

  • Average age of school buildings across the state is about 70 years old
  • Average life expectancy of school buildings is 65 to 75 years old
    • Useful life of mechanical, plumbing and electrical systems is between 25 and 45 years

How we evaluated our buildings

  • Began evaluation in 2015
  • Building conditions were inspected by BCA Architects & Engineers
  • Several building tours/meetings
  • Evaluation of building sites and athletic facilities
  • Ongoing meetings with Steering Committee
  • Continued meetings with district leaders led to scope and estimate refinement by Steering Committee

Areas of focus

  • Health
  • Safety
  • Security
  • Energy
  • Infrastructure
  • Smart Investment

Goals

  • Update systems that improve health, security and safety of our students and staff
  • Focus on energy improvements
  • Identify items that will reduce short- and long-term maintenance

Problems at a glance: Amsterdam High School

  • Inefficient interior/exterior fluorescent lighting
  • Open asphalt seams
  • Deteriorating sidewalks
  • Damaged perimeter retaining wall and concrete building foundation
  • Corroded interior/exterior walls and doors
  • Damaged ceiling tile
  • 1976 electrical system is nearing the end of useful life
  • Existing security system has reached the end of useful life

Problems at a glance: Lynch Literacy Academy

  • Inefficient interior/exterior fluorescent lighting
  • Corroded/damaged athletic fields
  • Concession and restroom facilities not ADA compliant
  • Corroded interior/exterior doors
  • Damaged walls and cabinets
  • Concrete block cracks throughout kitchen, library and adjacent rooms
  • Handicapped lift no longer functioning
  • Security system has reached the end of useful life

Problems at a glance: R.J. McNulty Academy

  • Inefficient interior/exterior fluorescent lighting
  • Damaged, water-stained ceiling tyle
  • Deteriorated masonry on exterior walls
  • Lack of secured storage in basement
  • Deteriorating 1963 electrical system has exceeded useful life

Problems at a glance: Marie Curie Institute

  • Inefficient interior/exterior fluorescent lighting
  • Damaged swing set
  • Open concrete block foundation
  • Deteriorated masonry on exterior walls
  • Worn, stained carpet
  • 1974 electrical system nearing end of useful life
  • No emergency generator
  • Security system nearing end of useful life

Problems at a glance: Tecler Elementary

  • Inefficient interior/exterior fluorescent lighting
  • Deteriorated asphalt in parking lots
  • Damaged swing set
  • Damaged exterior walls and windows
  • Roofing defects
  • Demountable partitions instead of interior walls
  • Worn, stained carpet throughout classrooms
  • Missing and cracked floor tile
  • Damaged interior doors
  • Security system nearing end of useful life

Problems at a glance: Barkley Elementary

  • Inefficient interior/exterior fluorescent lighting
  • Deteriorated asphalt in parking lots and sidewalks
  • Deteriorated masonry on exterior walls
  • Corroded exterior doors and windows
  • Lifting interior floor slab
  • Deteriorated 1971 electrical system at end of useful life
  • Exit lighting fixtures have exceeded useful life
  • Security system nearing end of useful life

Problems at a glance: Lynch Literacy Academy Annex

  • Collapsing concrete and timber retaining walls
  • Deteriorated concrete block along service bays
  • Corroded, dented exterior wall panels
  • Damaged exterior doors and windows
  • No gutters along roof, resulting in foundation wall damage
  • Damaged, water-stained ceilings
  • Significant step cracks in interior walls 

Video: Why does the Greater Amsterdam School District need a capital project?