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
Elementary School also features entirely new mechanical, electrical,
plumbing, communications, security and technology systems.
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.
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 addition for serving food to
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
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