Below you will find information and updates about the Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES Capital Project. Please check back often for more information. If you have any questions, please contact Communication Services Manager Steve Dawe at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
A 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 building.
Site 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 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.
The 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.
The 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 conditions improve.
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.
November 2016 Capital Project Update
The 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.
Construction 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.
New 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.
D.S. Capital Project Update: ESC Door #3 Inaccessible Beginning Tomorrow (Nov. 16, 2016)
Beginning tomorrow, Thursday, Nov. 17, Door #3 of the Educational Services Center (ESC) will be closed due to construction.
Crews will be working on the footers and foundation for the canopy that will be installed at Door #3. That doorway will remain closed the rest of this week and all through the holiday week next week.
While Door #3 is inaccessible, employees should use the Main Entrance and Door #2 for entry and exit, and visitors coming to ESC should use the Main Entrance. The Main Entrance is handicapped accessible. Assistance will be available for those who need it.
As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to email or call me. Your cooperation and continued patience is appreciated.
October 2016 Capital Project Update
The optimal weather conditions continued through October, allowing construction to advance. The existing parking lot was milled and temporarily restriped until the final top coat can be applied at the near end of the project. Final underground utilities were installed both around WEMOCO South as well as the ESC addition.
The new addition is taking shape with the completion of the foundation and preparation of the slab on grade. The concrete slab will be poured the first week of November with steel to follow immediately after.
The area in the back of ESC has been opened up to make way for the new Professional Development space. A wall has been constructed to the roof deck through conference room 7 in efforts to barricade the construction area.
D.S. Capital Project Update: Increased Activity at ESC Door #3 Begins Oct. 31 (Oct. 27, 2016)
Beginning Monday, Oct. 31, there will be increased activity at Door #3 of the Educational Services Center (ESC). Construction crews will be using that entrance to access work areas in the back of the building and for the delivery of construction materials related to the capital project.
While Door #3 will still be accessible, employees are encouraged to use the Main Entrance and Door #2 for entry and exit, and visitors coming to ESC should use the Main Entrance.
Construction crews will be working on the rear wall of Conference Room #7 next week as they continue their progress on the expansion of the ESC building.
As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to email or call me. Your continued patience is appreciated as these improvements are made.
D.S. Capital Project Update: Holiday Weekend Parking Lot Closure (Oct. 6, 2016)
The parking lots and driveways on the Big Ridge Road campus will be closed this coming weekend. Construction crews will be milling the pavement Saturday, Oct. 8 through Monday, Oct. 10 to take advantage of the extended time available over the holiday weekend.
The Big Ridge Road campus will not be accessible throughout this process, so please plan accordingly. The work will be completed in time to reopen for business the morning of Tuesday, Oct. 11.
We appreciate your cooperation and patience as the capital project continues.
September 2016 Capital Project Update
As the school buses entered the Monroe 2 - Orleans BOCES campus on Sept. 7 they followed the newly developed traffic pattern. The summer weather allowed the construction team to move ahead of schedule with new pavement and underground utilities. Although far from done, many improvements have been made and better ones are yet to come. Please keep in mind that what you see is not the final product and efforts continue to move forward.
As you come around the south side of the ESC building the new addition is well on its way and will begin taking shape within the next month. Foundations are in progress and the intention is to be enclosed before the winter months.
Please continue to use caution when traveling the site as patterns will continue to change to improve your future campus.
D.S. Capital Project Update: New Traffic Pattern and Parking Information (Sept. 1, 2016)
A new configuration of traffic flow and parking on the Big Ridge Road campus will go into effect this coming Tuesday, September 6 :
Please be advised, you will at times be sharing the campus roadways with construction vehicles. We urge everyone to continue to use caution and be aware of your surroundings while on campus, whether in your vehicle or walking to and from buildings.
We appreciate your cooperation and patience as the project continues. Our construction partners remain committed to making every effort to minimize the impact of the construction including measures to reduce dust, dirt and noise.
D.S. Capital Project Update: Traffic Flow and Parking as Staff Members Return from Summer Recess (Aug. 31, 2016)
With many 10-month staff members returning to campus tomorrow for the first time since June, here is a reminder of the current configuration of traffic flow and parking on the Big Ridge Road campus:
Currently, all staff and visitor vehicles will enter and exit the Big Ridge Road campus using the driveway near the WEMOCO North building.
Crews remain committed to making every effort to minimize the impact of the construction including measures to reduce dust, dirt and noise.
We appreciate your cooperation and patience as the project continues.
D.S. Capital Project Update: ESC Driveway to Close, New Building Entry Procedure (Aug. 19, 2016)
The final stages of this summer’s infrastructure and paving work will begin on Monday, August 22. This work will be conducted near the ESC building, requiring the closure of the driveway entrance near ESC and a change to entry procedures for the ESC building itself.
Crews remain committed to making every effort to minimize the impact of the construction including measures to reduce dust, dirt and noise, but please be advised that there may be periods of increased noise and vibration inside ESC due to the close proximity of this next phase of work.
We appreciate your cooperation and patience as the project continues.
D.S. Capital Project Update: Parking Options (July 22, 2016)
As parking lot work continues over the next few weeks, we want to remind staff of the various parking options available on the Big Ridge Road Campus.
In addition to the dozens of available parking spots in the main lot near the Educational Services Center (ESC) building, there are open spots in the southeast corner of the main lot by the guardhouse.
Also, if you’d like to park your vehicle further away from where the majority of the current sitework is being performed, there are several parking spots open beyond the gate next to the guardhouse. A reminder that if the gate is closed, you can use your badge to open it and gain access to the back lot near WEMOCO South.
Crews will continue to make every effort to minimize the impact of the construction including measures to reduce dust, dirt and noise.
We appreciate your cooperation and patience as the project progresses.
D.S. Capital Project Update: WEMOCO Personnel Moving to ESC Temporarily (July 22, 2016)
As communicated in previous messages about the Capital Project, the WEMOCO North Building will be closed to staff beginning Monday, July 25. The building will be closed for three weeks for floor tile abatement and ceiling tile demolition work in the corridors.
During this time period, WEMOCO staff will be relocated to the former Special Education space at the back end of the Educational Services Center (ESC). If you need to call or email WEMOCO staff members, their desk/office phone numbers and email addresses will remain the same during this temporary move to ESC.
Thank you for your attention and continued patience during the project.
D.S. Capital Project Update: WEMOCO North, Parking Lot and Campus Driveways (July 21, 2016)
As we shared in an earlier Capital Project Update, the WEMOCO North Building will be the focus of new construction work beginning Monday, July 25. The building will be closed for floor tile abatement and ceiling tile demolition work in the corridors.
Also beginning Monday, July 25, there will be construction work on the main WEMOCO driveway entrance off Big Ridge Road and a portion of the main parking lot near WEMOCO North. Crews will cordon off these areas to prepare them for final paving coming later this summer.
The closure of the driveway near WEMOCO means that the only entry and exit to the parking lot will be via the ESC driveway. Thus, we will see increased construction traffic near the ESC driveway. Please continue to use caution as you drive and walk on campus.
The existing parking plan will not be impacted during the work being done. All restricted areas will be clearly marked.
We appreciate your attention and your patience during the project.
The next steps in our Capital Project will necessitate a new parking pattern beginning Monday, July 11 at the Big Ridge Road Campus. Workers will be making drainage improvements and other infrastructure upgrades in a number of different locations throughout the main parking lot.
For employee convenience, a consistent parking area will be available throughout this process. It will be located in the southeast corner of the lot near the guardhouse and security gate. This location will be clearly marked, along with a pedestrian walkway that will be cordoned off to ensure safe entry to and exit from the ESC building. Please note, this cordoned-off pedestrian walkway will change occasionally to accommodate the construction work as it progresses.
During this portion of the construction, handicapped parking spots will be relocated, and clearly designated, among the parking spots at the front of the ESC building.
One additional impact of this work will be that ESC Door #3 will no longer accessible as an entrance. This door is the one located near Conference Room 8 toward the rear of the building. This door will be available as an emergency exit only.
We appreciate your attention to these changes and your patience during this stage of the project.
The early stages of our capital project will affect two parking areas used by employees. Beginning tomorrow afternoon, Thursday, June 9, a portion of the parking lot between the ADL House and the WEMOCO South Building will be closed. A portion of the main parking lot near the back corner of the Educational Services Center (ESC) will also be closed beginning Monday, June 13.
These areas are required to be cordoned off as construction crews begin moving equipment into place. Near ADL/WEMOCO South, approximately 20 spaces will be affected. Near the back corner of ESC, approximately 50 spaces will be impacted in an area that is not used very frequently.
Also closing Monday, June 13, will be the walking path around the Big Ridge Road Campus. The staging and storage of construction vehicles and materials will make the path dangerous and even impassable in spots, so it will be clearly marked as closed.
No entrances to any of our campus buildings will be affected, but please be aware of the closed areas and the arrival of construction vehicles.
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