A nearly two to one majority of local voters – 616 to 376 – approved the West Babylon Union Free School District’s (WBUFSD) $29,953,754 construction bond issue for infrastructure improvements and renovations.
The construction program will encompass seven schools and two other buildings owned by the district, and will begin in the Summer of 2015. The district serves grades K-12 with a current enrollment of 4,300 students.
BBS Architects, Landscape Architects and Engineers serves as the architect; interior designer; mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) engineer; civil engineer; and site and athletic field designer for the entire construction program financed by the bond.
“The district’s facilities have not received any significant improvements for more than ten years. The construction program will modernize all buildings occupied by students and faculty, improve interior air quality, increase safety of motorized traffic within school grounds, and rebuild athletic fields,” said BBS Principal Architect Roger P. Smith, AIA, LEED AP.
“Work will begin in the summer of 2015, and is expected to be completed within the following five or six years,” added BBS Architect and Project Manager Karalisa
R. Grundner, AIA, LEED AP BD+C.
“The broadness of the project and complex logistics of a multi-site program will require detailed planning and close coordination with the district’s leadership.”
Construction will take place at the district’s seven schools, including West Babylon Senior High School and Junior High School, Forest Avenue Elementary School, John F. Kennedy Elementary School, Santapogue Elementary School, South Bay Elementary School, and Tooker Avenue Elementary School, as well as at two other buildings.