Bill Larrow, left, Moriah Central School superintendent, and Calvin Nephew, clerk of the works, look over the school’s new fitness room. The room is part of a recently-completed $9.9 million building project.
When Moriah Central School students return to class in September, they’ll be learning in a state-of-the-art facility.
The district has completed a $9.9 million building project that administrators believe has prepared the building for the next 30 years.
“I think it’s turned out really well,” Bill Larrow, school superintendent, said of the project. “This was a wonderful opportunity to address our building needs at no cost to local taxpayers.”
The entire cost of the project, approved by voters in 2010, was paid by the state.
The project includes a $3.5 million roof replacement, $1.18 million in boiler replacement and heating system upgrades, $1.2 million in pool renovations, $605,000 in window replacement and repair, $564,000 in co-generation and utility grid work, $456,000 in technology infrastructure upgrades and $783,000 in ventilation improvements.
Work also included a re-designed parking lot, landscaping, kitchen upgrades, improvements to the technology room, remodeling the elementary school office, renovating the auditorium, locker room improvements, creation of a fitness room that is available to the public, new scoreboards and the installation of additional security cameras.
Wireless internet and the addition of Smartboard technology in each classroom was also in the scope of the project.
The architect for the project was Synthesis of Schenectady, with the general contractor Riznick Construction of Crown Point.
Clerk of the Works Calvin Nephew came out of retirement to oversee the project.
“The roof was a significant item; it was replaced, with a 30-plus-year warranty,” Calvin Nephew, clerk of the works, said. “And the new boiler room is really nice.”
The district replaced two huge, aging heating boilers with seven state-of-the art electronically monitored boilers.
Nephew said the school pool, installed in 1971, had never had a significant upgrade until now.
“That pool was a major part of the project,” he said. “The walls were stripped down and reinforced with rebar. A new ventilation system was added.”
The school can now be used as an emergency shelter with its co-generation plant as a 400-kilowatt backup. The building has 177,000 square feet of space.
“We can fit the entire town in here,” Nephew said. “This facility is a great asset for the community.”
Moriah Central School opened in 1968 after the town’s schools merged.
Larrow said the building needs one more upgrade to electrical panel boxes. That work will be completed soon, he said, with no disruption to classes.
The $9.9 million project is technically be an extension of a 2006 project, Larrow said. That $7.5 million project was also at no cost to local taxpayers.
The 2006 project renovated the high school office, created a high school media center, added a fitness wing, expanded the elementary school gym, replaced lockers, added security cameras and more.