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Capital Project Updates

Filed in Archive by on November 25, 2019

As part of the $32 million Capital Improvement Project approved by voters in 2016, numerous construction projects are well underway. Two of the most anticipated projects—renovations of the high school auditorium and Library Media Center—are taking shape. Additional work at the high school has included stadium renovation, baseball fields reconstruction and improvements, upgrades to the pool, and both kitchen and bathroom renovations. Work at other school buildings have included repaving of parking lots, installation of security cameras, field drainage and upgraded playgrounds. Construction is anticipated to conclude during the Fall of 2020.

Take a look at where we are now and check back frequently as we will be updating these pages as work continues.

BCSD Capital Project Timeline

The following is a tentative timeline for completion of some of the most visible projects that are underway as part of the 2016 Capital Improvement Project.

November 2016
  • $32 Capital Project is approved by voters
March 2019
  • Construction projects begin
Summer 2019

The following projects have been completed:

  • Additional security cameras added at all buildings
  • Drainage work and new playground installed at Eagle Elementary School
  • Elsmere Elementary School parking lot/drainage improvements
  • Elsmere gym floor refinished
  • Hamagrael Elementary School parking lot paving
  • BCMS window and roof replacement
  • Transportation Department roof replacement
  • BCHS pool renovations – Phase I
  • BCHS D Wing window refinishing
  • BCHS Nurse’s Office renovations
  • BCHS new stadium bleachers/press box
  • Abatement work at various buildings
November-December 2019
  • BCHS full kitchen renovation to be complete. Hot meals expected to return beginning of December. Upgrades to BC Blend and BC Snack to continue during the school year.
November 2019-January 2020
  • BCHS A Wing and downstairs D Wing restrooms (tentative to begin Nov. 11)
  • BCHS Upstairs D Wing restrooms (tentative to begin Dec. 13)
  • BCHS B Wing Restrooms (tentative to begin Jan. 6)
  • BCHS G Wing Restrooms  (no start date)
January 2020
  • Renovated BCHS Library Media Center set to re-open
  • Renovations will begin on BCHS Room D-122 creating a state-of-the-art flexible meeting space. A retractable rise system will go in and Promethean boards installed with new technology capabilities. The renovated space will be used for board meetings and lectures.
Spring 2020
  • BCHS varsity baseball field and building with toilets to be available for use
  • BCHS pool Phase 2 mechanical improvements begin
Additional projects during 2019-20 school year
  • BCMS Upper Gym bleacher removal
  • Sidewalk and paving improvements at Eagle, BCHS, BCMS, O&M and Elsmere
  • Renovations to public restrooms, custodial & PE storage areas at Elsmere
  • Renovations to public restrooms at Slingerlands
  • Renovation of Transportation Department’s Training Room
May 2020
  • BCHS auditorium renovations to be complete
Summer 2020
  • Elsmere main office renovations
  • Repaving of Elsmere play area
  • Elsmere roof replacement
  • Glenmont kitchen renovation
  • Glenmont drainage & paving work
  • Slingerlands drainage & paving work
  • BCMS front stair replacement
  • BCMS kitchen renovations, upgrades to freezer/storage
  • BCMS upper gym floor replacement
  • BCMS Nurse’s Office renovation

Once the LMC is open, room D122 (the temporary library space) will be transformed into a flexible meeting room. A retractable rising system will go in and Promethean boards installed with new technology capabilities. The space will be used for board meetings and lectures.

At HS bathrooms (four sets) will be renovated.

At the Middle School, roofing and window work is being completed. Certain areas of the parking lots have been paved. Plans include renovation of the pool. Bids for this project will go out this winter, followed by the ordering of necessary equipment. Work on the pool is projected to take approximately five to six months. During the summer of 2020, the front steps will be redone.

At Elsmere Elementary, the front office has been completely renovated and now includes a community bathrooms. Paving of the front lot has been completed, with plans to complete paving of the back lot near the playground.

At both Glenmont Elementary and Slingerlands Elementary, parking lots and play areas will be redone. The kitchen at Glenmont will be upgraded with the addition of new equipment. Hamagrael Elementary also had paving work done.

Eagle Elementary had drainage done on their field and are scheduled to have paving work done. Air conditioning units are going to be expanded due to growth of the summer special education program. A door to the cafeteria will be installed to improve the traffic flow to the front office.

The Transportation Department site had a new roof installed. Their training area, formerly an old maintenance bay, will receive new technology and upgraded air conditioning.

At all district buildings, interior and exterior security cameras have been installed. Administrators at each site have access to the security system and will work closely with the Bethlehem Police Department to keep the facilities safe.