Legacy 2020 Capital Project: High School Renovations Begin
July 20, 2017
In January 2016, the Queensbury community approved a $39.7 million capital project to reimagine Queensbury High School. Now buildings and grounds staff and others are preparing the 53-year-old school for contractors to start major renovation work in mid to late fall.
Preparing for Renovations
Some prep work isn’t visible from the outside. For example, the large group instruction room at the back of the high school has been modified for use by the orchestra and MIDI music lab, which will be relocated there during the renovation work.
Upon receiving state approval, crews will install six temporary classrooms inside the wood gym, initially to house foreign language classes and to provide flexible instruction space throughout the construction process. In the blue gym, they will install a roll-up curtain divider so the space can accommodate more physical education classes at the same time during construction. They will also relocate furniture and instructional materials from classrooms affected by the early stages of construction.
“Prep work this summer will allow us to begin to renovate the interior of the building in the lab spaces and fine and performing arts spaces by late September,” said Rob Chapman, director of facilities and operations for Queensbury Union Free School District.
Creating Instructional Communities, Centralizing Community Use Areas
Outward signs of renovation will start to appear in the fall. District officials expect to begin the bidding process by late July and to secure prime contractors by the middle of August. Then by late September, fences should go up at the back of the high school building to secure construction areas for a new lab space and gym station.
The new lab space is part of a mostly internal transformation that will create three interdisciplinary instructional communities in:
- Humanities – English language arts, social studies, foreign language (purple in floor plan below)
- STEM – science, technology, engineering, math (green in floor plan below)
- Fine and performing arts (teal in floor plan below)
The new gym station will accommodate space requirements for physical education classes after the old wood gym – now located at the center of the building in the future home of student support (brown in floor plan below) – is demolished in summer 2018.
The school is moving its physical education space to the back of the building so it can centralize community use areas such as the media center, counseling center, nurse’s office, other support services, and the new Queensbury community room within the main school corridor.
“While we hope this timeline will hold, there may be some adjustments as we move through this process,”
Students in high school as of the 2019-20 school year will be the first to experience the fully reimagined high school building, giving rise to the “Legacy 2020” nickname for the capital project.
For updates throughout the construction process, visit www.queensburyschool.org/2020.