Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 25 February 2011 00:00
H2M reported to the Mineola School Board of Education at its Feb. 10 meeting on the progress of the addition project that will be voted on in May. The district would use $1.7 million from the undesignated fund balance to fund the construction on Hampton without a bond. The move would make Hampton the pre-K-2 school for children south of Jericho Turnpike.
Superintendent Dr. Michael Nagler met with the Committee on the Hampton Street Addition Project (CHAP) twice recently to discuss the addition.
“We challenged the architects to come up with some things,” Nagler said following a pair of meetings of the 15-member committee.
Architect Veronica Byrnes detailed the proposed expansion. The proposed 5,500 sq. ft. addition would be on the north side of the building, running along the sidewalk toward Colonial Avenue. The existing sidewalk would be made into a corridor that overlooks a new courtyard, which would provide an educational space with curriculum-based plantings.
Byrnes stated that the architects wanted to make it fun for the children, so the group came up with an idea of having dangling sculptures from the ceiling. The fixtures would look like jumbled letters, but have the message “Reading is Fun” hidden inside.
Byrnes showcased computer images of the space at 10 a.m. in the morning. “There’s actually no light fixtures on at all, it’s just the natural light coming into the space,” Byrnes said.
The design would also incorporate energy efficient light fixtures. The book stacks would be 42 inches in height, enabling the children to reach the books but also allow the librarian at the circulation desk to oversee the entire space.
The project’s construction cost is $1.791 million, but allowing for a 10 percent contingency of $179,000 and 1.5 percent rate of inflation of $29,550, the total would be $1,999,550, according to the report.
The bid will be put out with no alternates, meaning that air conditioning is included since there is no “second shot” at construction. The district can refurnish the building several times since they are combining the three libraries of Cross Street, Hampton Street and Willis Avenue into one space.
“We do have the furniture to put in there,” Nagler said. “Will it be kind of a hodgepodge of stuff; yes. If we can’t get it in the price of the bid we’re going to have to live with it with the understanding we’ll replace it later on, but in terms of the structure of the building, once we build it we’re not going to change our minds and put windows back or raise the ceiling or do something like that. We’re going to do it once, we’re going to do it this way.”
According to Nagler, some other concerns brought up at the CHAP meetings were the windows. The project calls for an extensive number of windows, which Nagler stated is quite expensive.
“All these windows cost so much more money,” Nagler said. “Couldn’t we put less windows? Or can we lower the ceiling a little bit and make the cost of the project less? These were the questions raised by the committee.”
A comparison was done between a traditional brick construction opposed to the “curtain—wall” windows and the difference price was about, “$33,000, not including any windows you want to put in the brick,” Nagler said. “So, it’s kind of a wash in terms of the design aspect of it.”
The architects estimate that it will take six weeks to complete the drawings and submit them to the state education department.