2011-10-28 / Community

Construction Agency Sets Renovations For Public School 105

By Samantha Rose Routledge

The New York City School Construction Authority (SCA) has begun an exterior renovation project at PS/MS 105, The Bay School, on Beach 51 Street, which may well impact the community surrounding the school, officials say.

As part of the Department of Education’s capital plan, the school is preparing to upgrade the exterior masonry as well as the parapets on the school.

Officials at the SCA say that the agency invests millions of capital dollars annually to maintain and upgrade existing school buildings. Each year, the SCA manages a team of architects and engineers who visit every school to assess and rate existing building systems. Those systems are rated as being in the worst condition and are contemplated to be included in the Capital Plan as new projects.

Department of Education spokeswoman Margie Feinberg stated, “One primary goal is to make sure that our existing aging buildings are watertight. In order to accomplish this goal, those exterior systems that are rated poorly are prioritized to be replaced.

To ensure that this work does not disrupt the learning process, the work is done after school hours.”

The renovation project is scheduled to be completed in September of 2012.

On school days, the renovation activities will not begin until 3:30 p.m., when the children are no longer in the building. The work will continue until 11 p.m. each school day.

The SCA promises, however, that “noisy work” will cease at 10 p.m. Renovations will take place on the weekends and holidays, as well as during the daytime hours when school is not in session. The SCA says that it will strive to minimize the disruptions for the locals.

“With cooperation from the community, the SCA hopes to finish this project earlier than anticipated,” a spokesperson says.

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