Schools Open on Schedule as Capital Improvement Projects Make Significant Progress
Area schools kick off the new season with a facelift.
Many Rochester and Buffalo area school districts are beginning the new school year with a facelift and some highly anticipated upgrades to their facilities. Campus Construction Management Group Inc. (Campus CMG), one of the largest K-12 construction management firms in New York State, kicked its school construction projects into high gear this summer to ensure that each school would open on schedule. This is good news for returning teachers and students who have been looking forward to a fresh atmosphere in safer and more modernized facilities.
"The cooperation and patience from the district administrations has played a vital role in our accomplishments this summer," says Tom Sexton, Campus CMG president. "The contractors have also done an incredible job -- they’ve stayed on schedule without compromising the quality of work, which has led to a very productive summer." During June, July and August this year, Campus CMG put in place a total construction value of over $70 million for additions and renovations in the following districts:
Penfield Central School District is undergoing one of the largest multi-phase capital improvement projects in Monroe County, with a total project value of $73 million. "We have appreciated and benefited from Campus CMG’s knowledge and experience in dealing with a complicated $73 million project," says Mark Sansouci, Assistant Superintendent for Business at Penfield CSD. "With a great deal of work happening in a compressed time frame, Campus CMG's strong planning and outstanding communication has been instrumental in our success." The district’s project began in 2008 and will consist of additions, renovations, and site improvements to the High School, Bay Trail Middle School, and four Elementary Schools. Campus CMG is scheduled to complete the project in fall of 2010.
As Campus CMG continues to work on open projects, it is also making plans for new ones. "One of our main areas of focus during this next year will be to help districts complete their Five-Year Capital Facilities Plans," proposes Sexton. The New York State Department of Education requires districts to complete a Building Condition Survey (BCS) and submit a year-by-year capital improvement plan in 2010. "Our project managers already know many districts’ facilities and grounds inside and out," says Sexton. "This allows us to prepare a thorough BCS and help districts submit a realistic improvement plan that will work within their budgets and timelines."