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It’s a wrap: $20 million improvement project nears completion

Filed in Archive by on October 8, 2015

With the final touches being placed on the façade of a new ramp and covered basement-level egress at the middle school, the Bethlehem Central School District is completing the last of dozens of building improvements in and around its schools as part of a $20.2 million capital bond project approved by voters in 2013.

Stadium field

The high school’s renovated stadium field features new lighting, a resurfaced track, new sod and improved drainage.

“We are finishing our capital project on time and under budget,” said Interim Superintendent Jody Monroe. “We could not have done that without the cooperation of the community and the patience of our neighbors and our students, parents, teachers and staff.

“This remarkable level of community support has paid off with refreshed buildings and grounds, much-needed repairs and improvements that not only serve the safety and well-being of our students but create an environment more conducive to fostering the kind of well-rounded education we strive for in Bethlehem,” said Monroe.

The $20.2 million Facilities Improvement Project included projects at the elementary schools, middle school, high school, along with the district’s transportation and operations and maintenance facilities.

The bond project also included technology upgrades throughout the district.

“A great deal of work took place at our schools and on our play fields at the high school,” said Gregg Nolte, the district’s director of Facilities and Operations. “Some of the work is easy to see such as the new track and field lighting while others, like the new double-insulated duct work on the roof at the high school, are not.

“That doesn’t mean they are not equally impressive,” he said. At the October 7 Board of Education meeting, Nolte was joined by Scott Bulriss of Campus Construction, the construction manager on the project, to review the final completed projects with members of the board.

“It can sometimes be a painful process,” said Board President Matt Downey. “I am pleased to say this was less so, thanks to a supportive community and the hard work of our district staff.

“In the same way you need to address wear and tear on your home, we need to stay ahead of operating issues to keep our district running as efficiently as possible,” said Downey. “We have done that here.”

Nolte and Bulriss provided photos of projects finalized during the summer of 2015 as well as those that are wrapping up currently at the middle school. The summer projects, they said, included several improvements to kitchens and cafeterias throughout the district, a new gym floor at Glenmont and new accessible bathrooms at Elsmere.

Campus Construction used aerial drones to capture several images of athletic field improvements at the high school and roof and masonry work at several schools. (All photos can be viewed below.)

“By the end of October, the new accessible ramp will be complete as will the portico leading from the much-loved ‘pit’ at the middle school,” said Nolte. “Also, people will notice the ‘black shroud’ is gone from the front façade of the middle school and in its place is new copper flashing.

“Our construction partners used great care in making improvements at the school match the architectural detail inherent to the building,” said Nolte. “This has been the case throughout the district and we are pleased with the results.”

Click here for a full list of completed projects.


Bethlehem Central High School

High school duct work

New double-insulated duct work.

High school masonry work

Masonry work at high school.

High school floor replacement

New floors replace asbestos flooring.

High school stair treads

New terrazzo treads on high school stairs.

Athletic fields and pool

Field and tennis courts

Refurbished stadium field and tennis courts.

  Stadium field aerial view

Stadium field

Resurfaced six-lane track.


Upgraded playing fields and practice fields.


New JV backstop.

Fenced field

Field and drainage improvements and new sod.


Phase II capital outlay improvements at HS pool.

Swimming Pool

Bethlehem Central Middle School


New copper flashing on roof of middle school.


Masonry repairs at high school.

Middle school egress

New egress from basement level of middle school.

Middle school ramp

New ramp at middle school.


Kitchen updates at middle school.

Middle school kitchen renovations

Hamagrael Elementary School

Hamagrael entrance

New paved entry at Hamagrael.


New kitchen serving line and equipment.


Glenmont Elementary School

New gym floor at Glenmont

New gym floor at Glenmont.


Elsmere Elementary School

Elsmere renovated bathroom

New ADA-compliant bathrooms at Elsmere.

Elsmere kitchen renovations

New cafeteria serving line and kitchen equipment.

  Elsmere kitchen renovations

Slingerlands Elementary School

Slingerlands masonry

Masonry work at Slingerlands.

Operations & Maintenance

O & M Storage Facility

New storage facilities protects equipment from the elements.


Transportation upgrades

Paved transportation bay area.