main content starts hereCapital Project update

| October 26, 2015

The foundation has been poured and the steel beams are up as work continues on the new Center for Advanced Technology at Mohonasen.

“It is exciting to see a project we have talked about and envisioned for several years start to come to fruition,” said Superintendent Dr. Kathleen Spring.

The Center is just one of several projects under way or completed in the district in recent months.

Mohonasen residents in November 2013 approved a $48.2 million capital construction plan. The project is divided into three phases – A, B and C. The district is currently in the midst of Phases A and B. Phase C is expected to begin in spring/summer 2016.

Here’s an update on the various projects included in the proposal:

Center for Advanced Technology

Work continues on the Center, which will house Mohonasen’s Mo-Tech and Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs – a group of hands-on, project-based courses that combine classroom learning with real-world experiences – as well as some Capital Region BOCES CTE programs that will bring in high school students from across the region. The facility will also be used for both credit-bearing and workforce development/adult education programs through Schenectady County Community College.

The building is expected to open in Fall 2016.


Land has been cleared for the new transportation facility, and the district this week opened construction-related bids, including plumbing, electrical, mechanical and general contractor.

The new facility will be constructed on land purchased in 2010 (near the Center for Advanced Technology). This enables the district to receive state aid on the land purchase, as well as the construction. The new facility will include six service bays and a bus wash, helping to better maintain the bus fleet.

Existing Mohonasen schools

A majority of work has been completed to modernize district-wide instructional technology and install wireless upgrades. As the project continues, there are also plans for phone upgrades and improvements to the projection systems.

Mohonasen High School:

Renovations to the high school stage and curtains are nearly complete. The work is expected to be done in time for the fall play. The auditorium sound system and theatrical lights will also be upgraded in Phase C of the project.

The football field has been converted to synthetic turf, which will prolong the life of the field and better accommodate the needs of athletic teams and the marching band.

Planned for Phase C

  • Classroom renovations to create modern science rooms that meet state requirements for size (some of the current ones do not) and allow for more hands-on, group projects;
  • Five-classroom addition to make up for space lost during science room renovations;
  • Locker room addition/athletic-wing reconfiguration that makes the space more functional for athletes and spectators, as well as meets federal Title IX requirements;
  • Some office space renovation as a result of the additions.
  • Auditorium sound and theatrical lighting

Draper Middle School

Renovations to guidance and the main office have been completed, offering greater privacy for students and using the space more efficiently.

Updates and renovations to the cafeteria and surrounding bathrooms are in progress, as are updates and renovations to the second floor special education room. The projects will make the space work better for teachers and students.

Pinewood Intermediate School

Renovations are complete on the psychology and speech offices, as well as storage spaces, making these areas more functional.

In addition, renovations and an addition in the gymnasium are in progress. The project will create a larger meeting space for students and staff to gather indoors and will create more space for physical education. Those renovations are expected to be complete in early November.

An addition to the cafeteria is also expected to be complete in November. The addition will relieve congestion in the serving line and create more seating space.

Bradt Primary School

Improvements to Bradt’s entryway are in progress and renovations to the cafeteria serving area are almost complete.

Building Condition Survey Items

Every five years, Mohonasen conducts a formal building audit, which is submitted to the state, to identify areas that require repair, replacement or renovation based on health and safety needs. This audit is updated annually on a more informal basis by the district’s director of facilities. These are items that will need to be addressed in one way or another in the coming years. By including them in a capital project, Mohonasen is eligible to receive state aid to assist in the cost. The capital project outlined here includes approximately $2.5 million in BCS items.

Many of the following items are either in progress or will be completed in Phase C of the capital project. Those that have been completed are noted.

Draper Middle School

  • Replacement of aging and sagging corridor ceilings – complete.
  • Updates to stairway doors to meet fire code –
  • Exterior masonry work – in progress.
  • Replacement of old, inefficient windows – in progress
  • Replacement of cafeteria air handling unit, which is 40+ years old –

Pinewood Intermediate School

  • Improvements to outdoor lighting – in progress
  • Replacement of aging ceilings, doors and hardware – complete.
  • Exterior masonry work – in progress
  • Renovations to heating and water system to tie them into newer hot water heater; Remove old heater – complete.

Bradt Primary School

  • Replacement of aging ceilings in E Wing –
  • Replacement of carpets in kindergarten classrooms that are buckling and present a tripping hazard –
  • Replacement of cracked flooring in the kindergarten wing –
  • Replacement of eight exterior doors, hot water tank and two bathrooms, which are 50+ years old –
  • Replacement of cracked, leaking skylights –
  • Asbestos abatement/replacement of gym floor –
  • Replacement of exhaust fans and HVAC in the counselor’s office, which don’t meet code requirements –

Mohonasen High School – The following items will be addressed in Phase C of the capital project.

  • Upgrades to electric feed and switchboard
  • Sidewalk and paving work
  • Replacement of various aging ceilings
  • Replacement of cloth wiring throughout building
  • Exterior masonry work
  • Replacement of aging air and heating units
  • Replacement of pool filter

Other items to be completed in a later time:

  • Updates to the clock system at Pinewood
  • Renovations to the baseball field and basketball court at Bradt