- What work will occur on the Hutchinson School property this summer?
- What is the timeline for the site preparation work?
- Will the school be used for summer programs and activities?
- Will Hutchinson School be safe during rock removal?
- What can neighbors expect to hear?
- Will there be construction vehicles on residential streets?
- Am I or my home at risk from the rock blasting?
- Will air quality be affected by the rock removal and site preparation activities?
- Is there a plan for to deal with possible rodents?
- What will change once students return to school in September?
- Who should I call if there is a problem during construction or I have a question?
This summer, contractors will begin preparing the Hutchinson property for construction of the new school. This work includes building a construction vehicle access road off Lincoln Avenue, and installing construction fencing. The majority of the work will relate to removing rock and trees from the property where the new school will be located. Due to the large amount of rock on the property, controlled blasting will be necessary to break up large pieces of rock, which will then be repurposed or removed.
The tentative schedule calls for initial site preparation, such as the installation of fencing, to begin the last week of school. Rock removal and controlled blasting will begin once school is closed for the summer, ensuring no students or staff are present during that time. It is anticipated that all blasting will be completed before students return to school, though removal of rock from the property will likely continue through the early fall. The District is working closely with the on-site construction manager to ensure that any remaining work that needs to be completed once the school year begins is safe and minimally disruptive to students.
Multiple professional service providers have advised the District that that the structure of Hutchinson School should not be adversely impacted by the rock blasting. Testing completed during the bond feasibility process revealed that the building is structurally sound, despite the documented concerns about the brick facade. As a precaution, and at the recommendation of the District’s masonry architect, additional bracing of the brick facade will be put in place prior to any blasting. Additionally, the building and the portable classrooms will be inspected by professionals to ensure they are safe prior to students returning to classes in the fall.
It is anticipated that site preparation work will be ongoing each day during the work week during general business hours. Blasting is expected to occur five to six times per day and will be preceded by a warning siren and followed by an all clear siren. The blast itself may be audible for those in close proximity. Blasting sessions will take just a few minutes per day with the remainder of the time being spent on breaking up and removing the rock.
The site plan includes creation of a construction vehicle road off Lincoln Avenue with the intent of keeping the vast majority of construction related activities away from residential streets. The vehicles will enter the site by making a right turn off Lincoln Avenue and exit onto Lincoln making right turns only.
Technological advances have significantly lowered the risks associated with rock blasting. The District’s construction manager does not anticipate damage to surrounding properties as a result of the rock removal process. As a layer of protection for the District and surrounding homeowners, the District has retained Tectonic Engineering to monitor the Hutchinson property and survey residential and commercial properties within 150 feet of Hutchinson School before rock blasting begins to document current conditions. Letters with additional detail regarding this free monitoring service were mailed by Tectonic to the owners of the identified properties in March. Tectonic will be following up with those property owners in April and May.
Additionally, representatives from the District, Triton Construction, KG&D Architecture and Tectonic Engineering are in regular contact with the Village of Pelham Building Inspector, Fire Chief, and Chief of Police to ensure that all construction activities are done in a safe manner that minimizes the impact on residents.
Because the field, Fifth Street parking lot and rear entrance will be part of an active construction zone, several changes to arrival and drop-off procedures have been made for the 2019-20 school year, which are expected to remain in place through duration of construction.
Enter either through the gym door on Third Avenue, the entrance at Lincoln and Third Avenue, or the Main Entrance.
Doors will open at 8:10 am and students will line up by grade in the gym
Doors will close at 8:25 am, after which students should enter through the greeter entrance
Kindergarten students will be walked out by their teacher and staged in the parking alcove on Third Avenue.
All other students will exit out of the Third Avenue Doors
No traffic will be permitted on Third Avenue between Fifth Street and Lincoln Avenue from 7:45-8:30 am and 2:45-3:30 pm
Students will have a 30 minute lunch and 30 minute recess
Recess will be held at Julianne’s Playground. Students will cross Third Avenue as a group and walk to the playground as a group, escorted by adults
Julianne’s Playground will be closed to the public when in use by the school
Additional safety precautions include use of a golf cart/vehicle for quick transport between the school and playground for staff/school nurse in case of emergencies. Lunch monitors will have safety vests, walkie talkies, and additional first-aid kits and medications on site to meet student needs, etc.
There will be a porta-potty on-site for student use
Parent drop off may only occur at the school, not the playground
The District has worked closely with local police and fire departments to review safety procedures
Fire drill/evacuation routes have been adjusted to accommodate the accessibility of the Hutchinson site during construction and the new drills are being practiced in May and June before site work begins
Emergency Services will be able to have access through the construction site
Any construction issues should be directed to Triton Construction, which the District has retained for Construction Management Services. The onsite construction manager can be reached by calling 914-222-0883 or sending an email to Pelhamprojectinfo@tritonconstruction.net.
- What work is scheduled for the high school and middle school?
- When will this work take place?
- Where will District offices be relocated?
- Will the renovations affect summer programs?
District offices located on the bottom floor of Pelham Memorial High School are scheduled to be renovated into classrooms beginning this summer. This renovation is intended to provide upgrades to certain science rooms, create an improved space for the Bridge Academy, a dedicated orchestra room and new art rooms. Additionally, the roof of the PMHS Annex will be replaced and select masonry repairs will be completed on both the middle and high schools.
These renovations are scheduled to begin over this summer and continue into the beginning of next school year. The District is prioritizing renovation of the future art rooms and science room upgrades to that they are available at the start of the 2019-20 school year. The classroom renovations will be staged in such a way that course offerings and classes will not be impacted once school resumes in the fall.
All summer programs normally held at PMHS, including summer school and enrichment classes, and athletic camps and clinics will continue. Areas, such as the annex, that are undergoing construction will not be used and safety precautions will be taken to cordon off construction areas within the building.
- What projects will be done at the Glover Field Complex?
- When will these projects start?
- Will the Glover Field Complex be open during construction?
- Will these projects impact varsity, JV and modified athletics for the fall season?
Once the project commences, the Varsity, A, and B baseball/practice fields will go offline, as will Richie Bell Field. The District anticipates being able to use the current turf multipurpose field, as well as Friendship Field during the construction. Completion of the tennis court replacement is expected to be completed before the turf field project, and the courts should reopen as soon as possible.