Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES celebrated the completion of its first-ever large-scale capital project on Oct. 15. Moving Forward Together: A Capital Project Celebration featured a ribbon cutting, the unveiling of commemorative plaques and an open house.
The project increased classroom capacity for students in career and technical education and special education. It provides the region with a large professional development center for training educators from around Western New York and the Finger Lakes region. The project also made long overdue upgrades to infrastructure, such as plumbing, HVAC, electrical and site work.
“I have never seen as much cooperation, collaboration and teamwork as I did pulling this project together,” said Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES District Superintendent Jo Anne Antonacci during her remarks. “We did it together, and we are moving forward together: students, families, component districts and their communities.”
The nine BOCES 2 component district superintendents joined Antonacci to cut the ribbon in the new Professional Development Center on the Big Ridge Road campus in Spencerport. BOCES 2 Board of Cooperative Education members took part in the unveiling of two plaques that will be hung in the Educational Service Center and the WEMOCO Career and Technical Education Center.
Following the brief formal ceremony, attendees toured campus buildings and sampled food prepared by Career and Technical Education students in baking, culinary arts, food services and personal services programs.
“Our staff is experiencing a renewed energy around their work,” Antonacci said. “Communities continue to be informed about what 21st-century learning means at BOCES 2 and our students are inspired by endless opportunities.”
Voters approved the $29.2-million project approved on Dec. 16, 2014 and construction began in the spring of 2016.
The month of September concluded the remaining construction to the WEMOCO Building as we prepared for the Moving Forward Together Celebration. Teachers continue to personalize their new spaces and adapt to the new designs.
The project team will continue the close-out process that includes training, submission of operation and maintenance manuals, as-built drawings and the remaining legal documentation. Contractors will continue to finish up loose ends and address quality concerns into the month of October in order to sign off on the punch-list and release final payments.
The final phase of the Capital Project wrapped up in class spaces in time for buses to pull in. The dental theory space was renovated as well as the lab space. The main entrance took shape to welcome students in and provide security throughout the day.
Administration settled into their newly renovated space
along with the Nurse and ISS. C-wing class spaces were completed which included
Carpentry, Electricity, Building Trades, HVAC and Intro to Construction Trades.
Corridor ceilings have been installed and flooring resumed on second shift. The
month of September will consist of final finishes throughout and completing
The ESC playground will be complete and ready for use; final
fencing and signage will be installed in the new south parking lot.
Final finishes are wrapping up at WEMOCO that will conclude the project and welcome students at the beginning of the school year. The WEMOCO front entrance has taken a new shape. A secured lobby is being established and the new canopy will be installed within the weeks to come. The main office has been rebuilt with new walls, lights, ductwork and ceilings with flooring to follow.
In the D-wing corridor, the Dental lab received a major
facelift. Reconfiguration of the lab space makes an ideal learning environment
for students. Walls are ready for paint, ductwork and plumbing is nearly
complete and electrical requirements have been installed for the equipment.
Primer, paint and ceilings will follow and lastly flooring will be installed along
with the new cabinetry and chairs.
The lab spaces in C-wing are where most of this summers work
has taken place. The carpentry labs have been rebuilt and paint is in progress.
Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing rough-ins are nearly completed for Introduction
to Construction Trades, HVAC Lab, Electricity and Building Trades. Final
finishes are following.
Corridor work throughout the school progresses with
mechanical, electrical and HVAC finishes so ceilings can be completed.
Demolition of the last phase in the Capital Project is
complete. Reconstruction is well under way. The Dental Lab is receiving all new
underground utilities for new chairs and will follow with walls to layout the
new space. Program spaces in C-wing are
developing with walls creating theory spaces in Carpentry. Introduction to
Construction Trades and Electricity have swapped spaces to provide room for
growth. HVAC and Building Trades will receive updates as well.
The Main Office space is taking shape with new insulated
walls to help with privacy. Adjacent to the main office is the new building
entrance that will shift over and have a secure lobby. Elsewhere, the playground equipment has been installed and is ready for the new surface, concrete curbs, sidewalks and a new fence. The area for the digital sign in front of ESC was dug out, the foundation was built and construction above the ground will begin.
The WEMOCO Counseling Office renovation is finished and ready
for staff to move in. Two computer labs at the other end of A-wing are nearly
complete with flooring and ceilings to be completed in early June. Staff
restrooms at the corner of A and B wings will also be available for use in the
early part of June.
Preliminary work for the Exceptional Children Learning Center
playground has begun and equipment has been delivered. The WEMOCO South roof
renovation is in its final stages and will wrap up in June. Coordination is ongoing for Summer Construction that begins when the buses pull away on June 11th.
Spring construction is well under way in the counseling
office, small conference room and computer labs. Most of the walls are framed,
insulated and boarded. The first coat of paint has been applied and final duct
work connections will be completed to begin ceiling installation.
Demo has taken place in the faculty bathrooms and
reconstruction is taking place for new finishes. The WEMOCO South roof
restoration has resumed now that warmer temperatures have arrived and is
scheduled to be completed this month.
The Capital Project team has begun planning and coordinating
for the last phase of construction this summer.
During the month of March, we completed the 2018 winter
phase of construction in the WEMOCO North Building. This included the new
Conference room at the front of the building, a new staff lounge, computer lab
and Precision Machining.
The counseling office is temporarily using the Computer Lab
as their office space and English Theory staff has moved into their new room.
The Counseling office has been abated and demo is underway along with former
Conference room A-102. Demolition is nearly complete in the former Conference
room A and B to construct a new computer lab. This new phase of construction
that includes the areas mentioned above is anticipated to be completed in June
ahead of summer work.
When entering the WEMOCO Career and Technical Education Center, it is evident construction is progressing. A temporary wall has narrowed the north building entrance as construction of the new lobby and vestibule begins on the opposite side. This new lobby will be a safe entrance with secure doors allowing access to a conference room, the attendance window and security. The new conference room has been illuminated with new LED lights, ceiling grid is installed and casework is set. The staff lounge and computer lab await floors as final paint is completed. The Engineering and Metal Fabrication precision machining lab and theory walls have been painted and plumbing fixtures have been installed and functioning. Preparation for flooring in the B-wing Corridor has begun with installation to follow. Automotive technology and auto body and collision repair technology spaces received flooring over the February break to complete their spaces.
The current Construction Phase at WEMOCO continues to advance. The new Staff lounge and an additional computer lab are ready for ceiling panel installation; drywall and first coats of paint have been applied. The new conference room has also been painted and steel reinforcement is currently underway for the new roof top units. The Engineering and Metal Fabrication Academy precision machining lab and theory has duct work being installed and room wall painting has begun.
Campus CMG is currently working with the WEMOCO staff to coordinate advancing the schedule in order to utilize the April break and turn over these spaces (and acquire new space to start renovation work). Installation of corridor floors will begin in completed areas during off-hours.
The Cosmetology program settled into their new classrooms. Welding and precision machining also moved to their new theory and lab space over the holiday break. The existing machining lab and theory spaces have been emptied and demolition will begin to make way for reconfiguration and new finishes. Abatement was completed in the former cosmetology rooms, making way for classrooms, an assembly area/conference room and staff lounge. Construction crews are making every attempt to advance the schedule with items such as corridor lighting and duct work.
Rooftop air handling units were set over the classrooms currently under construction: cosmetology, welding and precision machining. Ductwork was installed to take the heating and ventilation from these roof top units to each corresponding room.
Exposed ductwork and ceilings were painted in the welding lab and precision machining Labs. Ceiling grid and tile were installed in cosmetology and the new computer lab. New millwork and countertops were installed in the cosmetology dispensary rooms and prep areas. Bathroom tile is complete and vinyl wood floor is being installed in all cosmetology rooms. High density resinous flooring has begun in welding and epoxy painted floors will follow in precision machining. All three cosmetology rooms received new shampoo and styling stations.
Final touches and cleaning will begin to allow cosmetology to move to their new space the week of December 18. welding and precision machining will follow with their moves over the holiday break.
The fall 2017 phase of the project continues to
develop and is on track for the end of the year turn over. The three new
cosmetology spaces are outfitted to supply water and drainage to the
shampoo stations, electric to the styling stations and wallboard has
been installed ready for finishing, primer and paint. The CTE welding
space is roughed-in for electric and walls are being painted. The
precision machining lab is following closely with similar work.
steel reinforcement is nearly complete, this will support the new
roof-top air handling units as well as the necessary exhaust fans for
these labs. New LED site lighting has been installed at the WEMOCO bus
loop concluding all the site lighting improvements for the capital
Following school opening, finishing touches were completed throughout the summer scope classrooms. Corridor floors were completed in the South
building and the contractor has begun work in the North Corridors. New furniture was delivered to many of the classrooms to accommodate their newly designed space.Demolition continued and is nearly complete
in the future three cosmetology spaces and the Engineering and Metal Fabrication Academy welding classroom and the additional precision machining lab. Construction of the new spaces will include underground plumbing improvements, air-handling unit replacement and electrical upgrades. New cosmetology shampoo stations will be provided and newly donated machining equipment will be set in its new space.
The heavy workload during the month of August had contractors working around the clock in preparation for the first day of school. The following programs moved into their space: automotive technology, auto body and collision repair technology, culinary arts, baking, food services, health and exercise science, certified nurse assisting, personal services, computer technology, advertising design/multimedia, child and family development, outdoor powersports technology, heavy equipment operation and maintenance and various Center for Workforce Development (CWD) Programs. The new addition over at the Educational Services Center became occupied with Special Education Programs including pre-school, Work Activity Center (WAC) and Career Planning Services. Demolition has begun for the fall work phase. This includes new spaces for cosmetology and Engineering Metal Fabrication Academy's welding classroom, along with an additional lab for EMFA precision machining.
Demolition has been completed for the classrooms to be turned over in September. Paint and ceilings are being installed through out. We are just on the edge of completing underground plumbing for various lab spaces, bathrooms and kitchens. Walk-in coolers and freezers have been
installed in the culinary labs and exhaust hoods will begin this week. Both masonry and metal stud walls are near completion and we are
looking at jumping over to areas we will be working in for fall. The WEMOCO front bus loop is complete and new sidewalks have been installed. We will return to finish up the front entrance walkway and canopy next summer. The ESC building wrapped up at the end of July and
staff has moved into their space. A few odds and ends are left such as final kitchen hook-ups, professional development center technology and a few last-minute door replacements. A list was developed and prioritized for completion. Due to the intense workload at WEMOCO, we will return to ESC in September to address minor issues.
As the last of the buses pulled out for the summer, the contractors were
racing to get started. Demolition of the North building began in D Wing, and a portion of B Wing. In the South building, the Audiology program allowed contractors to get a jump start and finishes are nearly complete with flooring to follow. The remaining classrooms in the South building have been taking shape as well. The bus loop work in the front of the North Building started the last week of June and more unsuitable soils were revealed. Unsuitable soils are made up of organic material that cannot be compacted when excavated to a finish grade. In order to remedy this problem, over-excavation took place in effort to find native soil, some areas were as far as five feet below grade. Stone
and geo-textile fabric were placed to provide stable ground and proper drainage.Final cleaning and finishes are taking place at ESC in preparation for staff moving back to their permanent work spaces. The traffic pattern will transition into the final stages when the ESC loop opens to two way traffic. Heavy construction traffic will continue all summer throughout the site.
As summer approaches we are gearing up for construction at WEMOCO. Preliminary electrical and plumbing work began advancing our busy summer
schedule in both the North and South buildings. Material, equipment and
storage units have been arriving on a daily basis and can be seen throughout the campus. Meanwhile we are approaching the final stages of the administration spaces at ESC. Painting and finishes are well on their way, roof top air handling units were set and the site work is almost complete around the building. Lights, doors and ceilings are progressing and all the exterior canopies have been erected awaiting
paint. The front loop transition is being developed into a two way entrance with new curb front parking.
Since the April 3 staff move into the ESC addition, the front half of the ESC building has under gone demolition. Ceiling, lights, walls and flooring have been taken out and new walls have begun shaping the new space. The roof has been cleaned and scraped to allow a new layer to be installed and new roof-top air handling units will be set. Structural footers have been poured at the front of the building for the main entrance canopy.Finishing touches continued in the addition and PD Center this month. Window treatments and the operable partitions were
installed. Exterior siding and site work will continue around the addition and is expected to be completed within a few weeks.Work
at WEMOCO has progressed ahead of schedule. Over the spring break, plumbers were able to hang copper lines for the new water supply coming this summer. The electricians continue to work on preparing for the new electrical service both inside and outside the building.
The ESC addition and professional development area wrapped up with almost all interior finishes. Flooring, final painting and fixtures were installed to prepare for the staff to temporarily relocate to this space. Exterior improvements to and around the addition will continue in the upcoming weeks. This includes siding, roofing and concrete sidewalks. The new temporary main entrance is now located in the rear of the building leading into the addition.
similar sequence now begins with the front half of the building.
Demolition has begun and the new build-out will commence shortly. The
front entrance loop has been closed to traffic and doors 1, 2 and 3 are
strictly for construction personnel at this moment. Roof work will be
ongoing with repairs and new installation over the existing ESC
work has commenced as weather conditions are improving. Concrete
sidewalks have been installed and will continue to wrap around the
addition. The front entrance of ESC will get a new sidewalk and changes
in the traffic pattern. Permanent fence will be installed in the ESC bus
loop island and around the new parking lot that temporarily serves as
the construction staging area.
Minor work is ongoing at WEMOCO to
advance the intense summer schedule. New water lines are set in place
ready for summer tie in.
The ESC addition and Professional Development area are gearing up for the temporary move on March 31. The addition received final coats of paint and the casework is nearly complete with countertop installation. The restrooms are awaiting plumbing fixtures; work on the floors, wall tile and paint has been completed. The light fixtures have been installed throughout and will be powered up as we approach the final weeks. Window installation took place in the addition with exterior doors and storefront entrances to follow. A crane was on site twice this month, once to set the new transformer that brings power to the ESC building and again to set a portion of the roof-top air handling units to supply heat and air conditioning. The WEMOCO North electrical room nears completion in preparation for high voltage gear. The masonry walls are erect, roof work has begun and the concrete floor will be poured in the coming days. The contractors also took advantage of the February break and were able to layout water supply lines in two of the WEMOCO North corridors advancing the summer schedule.
ESC addition interior approaches completion with wall board, primer
and paint nearly finished. Rough plumbing, electrical and mechanical
scope nears the end so that fixtures and equipment can be installed.
new Professional Development Center is taking shape with framing and
wallboard complete; primer and paint to shortly follow. Aesthetic
soffits and architectural curved walls are complete. The operable
partition track is installed awaiting the partitions themselves in a
few weeks. Duct work is near complete and rough electrical has been
installed to support the state of the art multimedia system.
former James Green room (conference room 7) has become construction
space and quickly redesigned into the ESC Kitchen, Library and
Professional Development offices. Demo on the large restrooms has begun. Progress continues with construction of the new WEMOCO North electric room with footers and foundation complete.
The Exceptional Children’s Learning
Center is now weather tight and work is underway developing the
interior. Wall framing and drywall is being installed and all the
necessary mechanical, electrical and plumbing that are within these
walls are complete. On the exterior, weather barriers have been applied
to the walls using a roll-on technique similar to painting, over the top
of rigid insulation board. The roofing has reached a stage where it
provides adequate protection but needs final applications when weather
The professional development area is taking
the shape of the designed space. Framing has begun in this area as
well. A great amount of structural steel work has been performed in
this area as well, to reinforce the existing structure, so that operable
partitions can be installed which will allow this space to be broken up
into many different configurations.
Educational Services Center expansion can now be seen by anyone who
enters the campus. The enclosure of the 15,000 square foot addition has
been accomplished ahead of the winter weather. This space will be the
new home for some of our Career & Technical Education, Pre-school
and Special Education Programs.
will progress through the winter within the interior of the addition as
well as our new Professional Development Space. These areas will be
turned over in early spring 2017.
and additional lighting have been installed throughout the parking lot,
thereby, increasing safety after dark. The new water service and
by-pass have been installed and are contained in the climate controlled
box seen at the front entrance; the service will be put in use come
spring. Remaining site work has been put on hold for the season and will
begin again when adequate weather returns.
We will continue to move ahead with construction activities in an attempt to advance the schedule.