KG+D collaborated with Planet Smile Partners/Dentistry for Children to transform the empty building that formerly housed the Elephant’s Trunk clothing store on East Main Street in Mount Kisco into a pediatric dentist’s office. The ground floor consists of a lobby and reception area and a space where children in the waiting room can play. Exam rooms are on the second floor and a lounge, office space, a conference room, storage, and mechanicals are on the third level.
KG+D is proud to announce that the Middletown High School Learning Commons + Café Renovation project was honored with the American Institute of Architects New York State Chapter (AIANYS) Excelsior Award of Distinction in Public Architecture. The AIANYS Excelsior Awards highlights the best in publicly funded buildings, outdoor areas, and public art across New York State and the professionals who support and advocate for them.
The Middletown High School Learning Commons and Café project developed an addition to house a Next-Gen Media Center and renovated a former library into a centralized food service café and informal learning center.
The Media Center supports changes in the instructional curriculum and creates a community space. The lower level of the Media Center addition features a fully equipped professional level video production studio with a classroom-sized control room for video production design classes. Exteriorly, the addition features a green roof and the curvilinear design of wraps around the drop off loop. The Café, which was fitted into the former library spaces, supports the after-school meal program provided to students working in the Innovation Labs.
Overall, the project leveraged the district’s opportunity to create the infrastructure required for interdisciplinary learning communities and a school-wide neighborhood learning environment. Congratulations to the Enlarged City School District of Middletown and the Middletown community!
Dutchess BOCES celebrated the completion of their new “One Campus” with a ribbon cutting, EXPO, and open houses. The new campus brings together all the district’s schools: Salt Point Center, Career and Technical Institute and Alternative High School – and their students and staff, along with administration. Together, the schools and staff provide students with academics, specialized career training and support for physical, occupational, speech and mental health needs to help them succeed.
“It’s wonderful to have all of our schools and programs on one campus and we are grateful to the 13 Dutchess County school districts for their unwavering support through a challenging construction period during the COVID pandemic,” said District Superintendent Jason B. Schetelick.
The new facility was conceived as a community asset with a state-of-the-art conference center available to all component Districts and community organizations. Paired renovations of the Career & Technical Institute addressed aging facilities and were planned to maximize space utilization during the day and evening programming opportunities for the Adult Learning Institute. This project was combined with a separate Energy Performance Project.
Following the ceremony, the buildings were open for tours during which students showcased some of their work and staff were able to talk about their programs and services. Other students were in the Media Center/Library, showing off their musical abilities while others had their artwork on display in the halls. The large conference center hosted a job fair for students and members of the public.
The City of Yonkers and Yonkers Public Schools held a Topping Off Ceremony celebrating the last beam being set in place on the new Justice Sonia Sotomayor Community School (JSSCS), with Mayor Mike Spano, Yonkers School Superintendent Edwin M. Quezada, and Board of Education President Rev. Steve Lopez among those attending.
The JSSCS will be the first new school in the City of Yonkers in over 20 years and is designed with many sustainable features including no carbon-based fuel use for heating and cooling, photovoltaic panels, and green roofs. The new 95,000sf community school will house grades Pre-K through 8th grade and include spaces for art science, special projects, dual language curriculum, and computer science. The school will be a community facility with the physical education wing and a community health clinic designed to function as a stand-alone community resource after school and on the weekends.
“This school will become the heart of this neighborhood and will be accessible not only for educational enrichment but also be the benefit of all the people that live here and everyone in Yonkers,” Spano said. “We are even more fortunate for the opportunity to dedicate this school in recognition for the positive change Justice Sotomayor represents to our district and our students.”