East Leyden High School was built over 90 years ago. Although the building was diligently maintained and updated throughout the years, the District felt it was time to prepare the facility for the next 100 years. ICI was retained as Construction Manager to implement significant enhancements throughout the school and the project was successfully completed in early 2020.
The renovation scope of work included creating a new safe and secure main student entrance with a dedicated bus lane. The new lane and entry allows students to move safely and easily between buses and the school entry. Within the school, students experience a large, new cafeteria and student commons area. With a capacity of 650 students, the new cafeteria allows the District to reduce the number of lunch periods from five to three; thus improving the students’ schedules. The new cafeteria features a mezzanine level offering a student-run coffee bar as well as athletic offices and meeting rooms. The project incorporates several sustainable features including a green roof area. A greenhouse is also connected to the cafeteria – providing an additional “hands on” learning environment for science classes.
The project also included an expansion that houses a new aquatic center. The facility includes two pools – one for competitive swimming and a second for diving and swim lessons. Patrons have access to an elevated seating area. Also included in the expansion is a fine arts wing. The new wing brings the choral and instrumental music rooms and the practice rooms together. The wing houses additional multipurpose space and an additional classroom. Last, a new preschool and daycare are included in the addition.
Upon completion of these spaces, ICI renovated several existing areas within the building: a new girls locker room adjacent to the fieldhouse and four new science labs subsequently built in place of the girls locker room. The existing East Leyden pool was also renovated and converted into a new wrestling practice room. One of the most remarkable enhancements to the school is a courtyard created by the addition.
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