Groundbreaking: Tuckahoe UFSD Cottle Elementary School

Pictured Left to Right: Peter Kilgallen, Assistant Principal Cottle Elementary School, Cynthia Tait, Vice President BOE, Dominic Calgi, Calgi Construction Management, Peter Casson, Trustee BOE, Lee Lew, Tuckahoe UFSD Director of Finance & Facilities, Michelle Liscio, President BOE, John Morash, Principal Cottle Elementary School, Daniel Baker, Calgi Construction Management, Robert Sypher, Trustee BOE, Robert Fendler, KG+D Architects, PC Dajan Prorokovic, Trustee BOE, Dr. Ellen McDonnell, Assistant Superintendent and Dr. Carl Albano, Superintendent

The Tuckahoe Union Free School District held a groundbreaking ceremony on June 27, 2019 marking the beginning of construction for additions and renovations to the William E. Cottle Elementary School. The project includes a second floor and security vestibule addition as well as field and infrastructure upgrades.

The 9,973sf second floor addition adds 6 classrooms and a teacher’s conference room addressing overcrowding and a projected growing enrollment. The new addition also features a Maker Space and the corridor utilizes the opportunity to extend learning beyond the classroom with collaboration “pods,” built in benches and a gathering area with flexible furniture adjacent to one of the new connecting stairwells.

A new 1,548sf security vestibule and security office with increased visibility, will be added at the main entry adjacent to the principal’s office. The project will also address critical infrastructure projects throughout the building.

The Cottle Elementary School project is part of a larger bond referendum that also includes the replacement of the turf athletic field and various infrastructure projects at the High School/Middle School.

“KG+D is proud to partner with the Tuckahoe Union Free School District to complete these important projects,” said Russell Davidson, FAIA President of KG+D Architects, “The new addition will provide next generation learning spaces for a growing student body, enhance school security and address important infrastructure needs.”

The construction will commence immediately with the project slated to be complete by Summer 2020.