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Facilities Plan: School-by-School

 

New Scotland Elementary (formerly PS 19)
369 New Scotland Avenue

From the summer of 2007 through the end of 2008, the extensive renovation of the former Public School 19 has maintained and completely updated a community gem. Students and staff returned in January 2009 to a modern facility that incorporates state-of-the-art technology in a stately building of historical significance for the city. To view photos of the renovated school, visit the New Scotland Photo Gallery.

In order to effectively use the original 1920s portion of the building, all of the spaces in that area were enlarged to meet today’s classroom needs. The main office on the second floor was relocated into first-floor space previously occupied by an Albany Public Library branch. A new gymnasium also was added to the north side of the building, and a new cafetorium was constructed in the space of the old gym/auditorium. A brand new library/media center on the second floor is another great feature of the new facility.

New Scotland Elementary School also features entirely new mechanical, electrical, plumbing, communications, security and technology systems.

The building’s new mechanical system is unique, utilizing three main design strategies:

  • The air distribution system is designed to supply air at lower-than-normal temperatures, with construction and operations cost savings.

  • A new ice storage system in the basement utilizes three 1,000-pound ice storage containers to assist the chillers when additional cooling is required in the building.

  • Forty 400-foot geoexchange wells drilled beneath the play area help cool the building through the use of an environmentally safe heat-transfer fluid. This unique system further reduces the amount of electricity needed for cooling.

New features:

  • 21 grade-specific classrooms

  • 3 Special Education classrooms

  • 1 music room with practice area

  • 1 art room with kiln

  • 1 computer classroom

  • New library/media center

  • New gymnasium addition

  • New main office on the ground floor

  • Elevator, handicap lifts and ramps to achieve a 100% accessible school

  • Redesigned bus drop-off area, and faculty and staff parking

  • New cafeteria/auditorium

  • New addition for serving food to cafeteria.

  • New nurse’s suite with exam room, toilet/shower and bed area

  • Faculty work and break areas

  • New floor, wall and ceiling finishes throughout the building.

  • Minor restoration of exterior masonry and cast stone

Infrastructure improvements:

  • New mechanical systems throughout for heating and cooling

  • New electrical, lighting, public address, computer technology and security systems.

  • Plumbing system upgrades

  • New high-performance ice storage system to supplement air conditioning.

  • New geoexchange system to collect and slowly dissipate heat during the building cooling process

 

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