Thursday, Jun 21st

Last updateThu, 21 Jun 2018 11am

You are here: Home Content Schools New District Architects Selected for the Scarsdale Schools
first
  
last
 
 
start
stop
Art Rublin Completes Three Years of Service on the Scarsdale School Board

Art Rublin Completes Three Years of Service on the Scarsdale School Board

Art and Erika Rublin June 11 marked Art Rublin’s last meeting on the...

Letter to the Editor in Support of Jonathan Lewis

Letter to the Editor in Support of Jonathan Lewis

This letter was sent to Scarsdale10583 by Jyoti Ruta.

Jonathan Lewis...

Choice Program to Move into Scarsdale Middle School

Choice Program to Move into Scarsdale Middle School

Scarsdale Middle School’s CHOICE program has often been celebrated ...

Boundless Adventures: Challenge Yourself and Trust Others with the First Westchester Ropes Course

Boundless Adventures: Challenge Yourself and Trust Others with the First Westchester Ropes Course

For my 40th birthday, (or was it my 29th?) I wanted to do a high ro...

Argentinean and Italian Cuisine Expertly Combined at Magno’s Grill

Argentinean and Italian Cuisine Expertly Combined at Magno’s Grill

In my restaurant travels through the years, some spots have a speci...

first
  
last
 
 
start
stop

New District Architects Selected for the Scarsdale Schools

musicroomThe Scarsdale Schools has selected a new architectural firm to handle all the districts building needs. At the February 13 meeting of the Board of Education, the board voted unanimously to appoint BBS Architects and Engineers from Patchogue, praising their "ability to dream and think big and to handle the nuts and bolts of what we (the district) need on a daily basis."

In making the decision, the board and administration checked many references and said all were "outstanding." Board President Lee Maude and Board Member Scott Silberfein visited schools in Rockville Center and Garden City that BBS designed and said, "their architecture reflects their town and their way of thinking." Maude said they visited a school in Garden City where they saw a beautiful addition of a music room.

BBS will be charged with a district-wide facilities master plan and with assessing conditions at the Greenacres Elementary School and making recommendations for a renovation or a replacement. According to Board member Nina Cannon, the firm will "go above and beyond to meet our demands and involve all the stakeholders in the process to move it forward in a positive way." See more here:

Concluding the discussion, Board President Lee Maude said, "I hope as we go forward we're not scared of the facts. Let them bring us the facts – good, bad or ugly in terms of actual costs of new vs. renovation ... let them show it to us. Let the facts take us to the right decision."

Below find the press release from the Scarsdale School District about the appointment of BBS.

Scarsdale, February 14, 2017: The selection of BBS came after an intensive process which began in December 2016, when a Request for Proposals (with a due date of January 18) was sent to 48 school architects in the region and advertised in the New York Times. A total of 18 architectural firms submitted formal proposals.

The RFP encompassed architectural and engineering services for the planning, design, and construction phases for all upcoming capital projects, including the possible major renovation/replacement of Greenacres Elementary School. Specifically, the RFP sought the following services:

-Planning, design, and construction phases to address various renovations and improvements at the District's numerous facilities
-Developing creative and innovative approaches in the renovation of older buildings, while maintaining their historical character, when appropriate and as needed
-Developing creative and innovative solutions for 21st century educational facilities

The 18 proposals were then vetted by District administrators for adherence to qualifications listed in the RFP, as well as other desired qualities. Because all New York public school districts' major capital projects must be approved by the New York State Education Department, firms without experience in that process were excluded. Additional consideration was given to design aesthetic, renovation and new construction experience, collaboration and problem-solving skills, and time and resources available for the District's current and ongoing needs.

After multiple reference calls, a top tier of candidates emerged: BBS Architects & Engineers, KSQ Design, Peter Gisolfi Associates, CS Arch, and a partnership between Geddis Architects and Dattner Architects. These candidates were recommended to the Board of Education for interviews.

The interviews were held over the course of two evenings in Board Meetings open to the public. Interviews were slated for approximately 45 minutes a piece, and included an introductory presentation and follow-up questions by the Board of Education. After the last of these interviews, the Board of Education adjourned into Executive Session for discussion leading to the employment of a corporation.

On Friday, February 3rd a public notice went out to the community, stating that the Board of Education would be interviewing "finalists" the following week on Tuesday, February 7th. As a result of the interview sessions, overwhelmingly positive reference checks, and full consensus of the Board and District administration, BBS Architects & Engineers was invited back for a follow-up interview.

Dr. Thomas Hagerman, Superintendent of Schools, noted: "With over 60 professionals on staff, BBS set itself apart from most of the competition with its in-house engineering abilities, technical strengths, project approaches, and master planning experience. During their initial interview, BBS illustrated 12 different major projects that demonstrated their capacity to build new buildings and to renovate extensively, and explained the processes they used to actualize each of these projects."

Dr. Hagerman further noted that reference checks generated outstanding reviews of BBS, highlighting their ability to work with the district and community throughout project development, quality of design work, and budget adherence. In addition, Board Members and District administration had the opportunity to visit elementary, middle and high school projects which further illustrated the capabilities of this firm, including examples of complex renovations and new construction, additions of award-winning elementary spaces, and examples of collaborative learning design.

BBS returned to Scarsdale last week for a second visit and more intensive Q & A with the Board of Education and Administrative Cabinet. Dr. Hagerman reported: "At this meeting BBS again demonstrated its knowledge of working with a variety of facility needs, including how to improve instructional spaces to meet a district's changing needs, and a strong competency in a host of infrastructure challenges. In addition, they provided a clear and impressive community-based approach to project development--from beginning to end.

"Finally, although not a primary consideration for this decision, BBS costs were the lowest among all interviewees. With the scope and scale of capital work in the District over the next many years, there is no doubt that the community, as it does in all areas, expects fiscally prudent stewardship in this area."

BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS

Good Work

SETTING

Choice Program to Move into Scarsdale Middle School

Choice Program to Move into Scarsdale Middle School

Scarsdale Middle School’s CHOICE program has often been celebrated for its inherently unique and independent nature. Yet a few months ago...

Read More

Around Town

SETTING

The June 26th Congressional Primary Election: What You Should Know

The June 26th Congressional Primary Election: What You Should Know

Many of us are receiving lots of mail from the Democratic candidates running in the June 26th primary for Congress for the 16th district....

Read More

Neighborhood News

SETTING

The 2018 Students Inside Albany Conference

The 2018 Students Inside Albany Conference

The League of Women Voters of Scarsdale selected and sponsored Scarsdale High School Juniors Amanda Glik and Isabelle Riback to attend th...

Read More

On Our Minds

SETTING

Let's Get Ready Seeks Summer Volunteers

Let's Get Ready Seeks Summer Volunteers

Volunteer with Let's Get Ready this summer! As a Coach in our College Access Program, you will be on the frontlines of educational justic...

Read More

On Our Radar

SETTING

Fox Meadow Elementary Celebrates 90 Years

Fox Meadow Elementary Celebrates 90 Years

The 90 degree heat may have forced Fox Meadow Students inside for the 90th anniversary celebration but it certainly did not put a damper ...

Read More

Parenting

SETTING

Boundless Adventures: Challenge Yourself and Trust Others with the First Westchester Ropes Course

Boundless Adventures: Challenge Yourself and Trust Others with the First Westchester Ropes Course

For my 40th birthday, (or was it my 29th?) I wanted to do a high ropes adventure course with my girlfriends. We ended up in the Berkshire...

Read More

Village Voices

SETTING

Letter to the Editor in Support of Jonathan Lewis

Letter to the Editor in Support of Jonathan Lewis

This letter was sent to Scarsdale10583 by Jyoti Ruta.

Jonathan Lewis, a neighbor and friend whom I have known for 10 years, is running for...

Read More

Shout it Out

SETTING

Fox Meadow Elementary School Principal and Assistant Principal To Take Positions in Briarcliff Schools

Fox Meadow Elementary School Principal and Assistant Principal To Take Positions in Briarcliff Schools

Fox Meadow parents learned this week that both the principal and assistant principal of Fox Meadow Elementary School will resign to move ...

Read More

School News

SETTING

A School Graduates 28

A School Graduates 28

Warm weather and cheerful spirits made Scarsdale High School’s Alternative School graduation an even more special event for the graduatin...

Read More

Schools

SETTING

What John Waters Learned at Scarsdale High School

What John Waters Learned at Scarsdale High School

John Waters shakes hands with Dr. Hagerman After 40 years of teaching, John Waters has decided to put down the smart board pen one last ti...

Read More

The Goods

SETTING

Seniors Explore the World of Work During Senior Options

Seniors Explore the World of Work During Senior Options

Yehuda sits happily in his new high chair designed and built by Friedman. As the school year drew to a close, the senior class was immerse...

Read More

Real Estate

SETTING

June Home Sales, Featured Listings, and Open Houses

June Home Sales, Featured Listings, and Open Houses

Here are this week's sales, featured listings and weekend open house:
Sales

6 Wheelock Road 6 Wheelock Road: Exquisite architectural details ...

Read More

Today's News

SETTING

Police Report: Teen with Vape Pen Arrested for Possession of Marijuana

Police Report: Teen with Vape Pen Arrested for Possession of Marijuana

A 19 year old Scarsdale man was arrested on a charge of unlawful possession of marijuana June 11. While conducting a check of Heathcote S...

Read More

Arts and Entertainment

SETTING

Argentinean and Italian Cuisine Expertly Combined at Magno’s Grill

Argentinean and Italian Cuisine Expertly Combined at Magno’s Grill

In my restaurant travels through the years, some spots have a special place in my memory. Many years ago I savored many fine meals at Tan...

Read More

People

SETTING

Art Rublin Completes Three Years of Service on the Scarsdale School Board

Art Rublin Completes Three Years of Service on the Scarsdale School Board

Art and Erika Rublin June 11 marked Art Rublin’s last meeting on the Scarsdale Board of Education. He was elected in 2015 to serve his fir...

Read More

first
  
last
 
 
start
stop

Programs for Scarsdale Kids