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Watervliet CSD: Phase IV facilities project update  

Building renovations, field construction move forward this summer

Heavy machinery moves mountains of dirt and gravel around the space once inhabited by Watervliet’s venerable football field. Construction of the athletic fields at the high school campus is one of the more visible aspects of the facilities project currently underway in the Watervliet City School District.

photo of athletic field construction at Watervliet Jr.-Sr. High School

Despite record-breaking rainfall that hampered outdoor construction earlier this summer, crews have made steady progress in recent weeks pouring concrete footings and building retaining walls for the framework that will support the new playing field and adjacent six-lane track. Meanwhile, contractors are working on the installation of a 36-inch storm water drain that will remove rainwater from the synthetic-turf field and track.

Concrete footings also have been poured, and workers are constructing the outer walls for a footbridge that will extend from just below the staircase outside the school’s former main entrance to the home field bleachers. Sitework will continue, weather permitting, during the school year with the new field expected to be ready for the start of the 2014 football season.  View photo gallery of athletic field construction

Other parts of the building project that perhaps aren’t quite aphoto of exterior masonry restoration at WJSHSs conspicuous include renovations to Watervliet Jr.-Sr. High School’s science and technology classrooms and refurbishment of the home and careers room. Once work on the new floors and ceilings is finished, contractors will begin outfitting the classrooms with new cabinetry, mechanical equipment for improved ventilation, and electrical upgrades designed with today’s instructional technology in mind.

Exterior masonry restoration is also ongoing, as workers replace older bricks in sections of the building’s faƧade.

Meanwhile, at Watervliet Elementary School, roof replacement on both the small gymnasium and the primary wing is wrapping up as workers apply roofing membrane, place sheet metal (or flashing) around the roofline and pipes, and complete other final detail work.

Renovations continue to progress in the primary wing where work crews are replacing ceramic wall and floor tiles in the interior bathrooms of all 14 classrooms. Each bathroom will also get a fresh coat of paint as well as new toilet and sink fixtures.

Work has also resumed on the elementary school’s parking lot following a delay caused when contractors inadvertently hit an unmarked gasline on July 18. Resurfacing the lot is expected to begin once asphalt is delivered the week of July 29.

The bulk of classroom renovations associated with this initial stage of the project is expected to be complete by the time school opens in September. Any work that remains will be completed during second shift to prevent any disruption to the regular school day and student learning.

The $18.9 million dollar project, approved by voters in December 2011, is being funded by a combination of Qualified School Construction bonds and state building aid, resulting in no local tax increase.

Additional updates will be posted on the district’s website as the project progresses.

View Troy Record article on WCSD groundbreaking (5.21.13)