KSQ Design is pleased to announce the “topping out” of the Salzmann building at Kingston High School–a milestone in the firm’s expansion and remodel of the Kingston Central School District (KCSD). The Topping Out ceremony was attended by representatives of KCSD, KSQ and our project partner BBL Construction who all signed their names on the steel beam as a symbolic gesture.
The Kingston High School Second Century Capital Plan provides a comprehensive and historic re-imagining of the school’s campus and is funded by a $137.5 million bond referendum. The KSQ Design project includes extensive renovations, the removal of existing buildings and HVAC repairs, but is focused on the creation of four academies (small learning communities). The KHS Field house is also being reconstructed and the new design includes a fitness center that will open to community members. The other buildings on campus will be renovated to have a more modernized look and brought up to ADA standards. Our video provides a visual tour of the redesign and new campus: The main high school renovation will be complete in the fall of 2018. KSQ previously worked with the District on the restoration, rehabilitation and modernization of the 100-year-old KHS Carnegie Library which had stood vacant for 30 years. The space, now titled Kingston Carnegie Learning Center, has exhibition space, a Mac-based film editing suite, a performing arts and a visual arts studio, and the original small theater. The LEED Silver project won an AIA Citation Award (AIA Westchester + Hudson Valley 2012). On the Kingston High School campus, KSQ has provided mentorship to high school students through the ACE Mentor Program, and turned the project into a learning zone to provide students enrolled in the Ulster BOCES Hudson Valley Pathways Academy (housed in the Kingston Carnegie Learning Center) with site tours and opportunities for dialogue about the AEC industry. KSQ has also partnered with BBL Construction to create the KSQ-BBL Architecture-Construction-Engineering Scholarship for KHS students. Rian Baker, a future Mechanical Engineering college student, is the 2016 recipient of KSQ’s $2,000 scholarship.