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Rye Makes Progress On School Construction Project

Construction has begun on the corridor that will lead from Rye High School to the new science wing.
Construction has begun on the corridor that will lead from Rye High School to the new science wing. Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Rye City School District

RYE, N.Y. -- The Rye City School District has completed around $2 million worth of construction on the middle and high schools this summer, and officials say that right now the project is set to be completed on schedule and within budget.

"We are successfully working through all the challenges that take place when you dig in the ground, and we're moving along pretty nicely at this point," said Kevin Sawyer of Triton Construction, the company working on the project.

Several classrooms inside the high school were renovated, including new casework, floors and ceilings. A new classroom was created by renovating two existing classrooms and a prep area. The student locker rooms are undergoing a major renovation, including new lockers, masonry, ceilings and tiles. The wrestling room and storage room near the gym are being used as temporary changing rooms while work is being completed. The locker rooms were originally supposed to be completed by the end of September, but its completion date has been pushed back to Oct. 11.

"We ran into an unforeseen condition there on the floor slab that gave us some difficulties. We've since worked through it, but it did back us up a few days," Sawyer said.

On the outside of the building, the foundations walls are being installed for the new science wing. There have been some adjustments to parking and drop off/pick up areas due to the construction. Temporary staff parking lots have been established on Post Road and Milton Road, as well as a short-term visitor's parking lot in front of the school. Temporary pedestrian walkways have also been installed, along with signage. Sawyer said that work will continue throughout the year in an effort to keep congestion at a minimum.

"The excavation is on schedule. The concrete footings and foundations are on or close to schedule, and will be continuing throughout the month of September," Sawyer said. "We're working on the most difficult section now, and we're hoping that as we move away from the building, the process will get a little bit easier."

So far there have been no complaints from any of the surrounding neighbors, nor any problems arising from the short delay in the locker room renovations, according to Gabriella O'Connor, the assistant superintendent for business. Sawyer said that there have been some savings in the project, and that the construction's contingency fund is significant should problems arise.

"We have a very healthy budget moving forward, and right now we're not anticipating any significant issues."

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