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Kingston High School

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The Project

Kingston City School District desired to create tight-knit learning communities that allowed students to feel safe and valued in order to perform better both academically and socially. That vision resulted in a record $137.5 million bond referendum passing by residents of Kingston, New York. Centrally located, KSQ created a three- and four-story academic center to support four smaller academies. The school’s historic “Main” building underwent extensive interior renovations and HVAC repairs, while two existing buildings were removed completely for site access improvements. The Field House was reconstructed and a community fitness center was added. Other existing campus buildings were renovated, modernized, and brought up to current accessibility requirements. The KHS plan creates a 21st Century High School by addressing the physical deficiencies of the campus and introducing the modern infrastructure needed for reliable, energy-efficient, cost-effective occupancy and operations.

The Details

Project Type: New Construction & Renovation
Project Size: New Construction: 173,725 SF; Renovation: 233,204 SF
Completed: Kingston, New York
Client: Kingston City School District
Services: Master Planning, Facility Assessment, Architecture

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Carnegie Learning Center

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The Project

Not often does a city get as much mileage from a renovation project as Kingston, New York, received from the “school within a school” concept in the Kingston City Schools’ Carnegie Learning Center. A 100-year-old building originally funded by Andrew Carnegie, the library had sat vacant for 30 years when the District acquired it from the city. Today, a fully renovated library meets the needs of Kingston City High School students during the day, and in the evening serves as home to the Center for Creative Education providing arts education and a wellness program for low-income and at-risk youth.

Carnegie Learning Center has exhibition space, a Mac-based film editing suite, a performance arts studio, a visual arts studio, and the original small theatre was repurposed for theatrical events and storytelling. The original stairway is preserved as an architectural element, and a wider and sturdier staircase was added for everyday occupant use. Another modern feature is the sprung wood floors in the main floor spaces.

The renovation included brick re-pointing, roof and chimney repairs, and adding new storm windows to address water concerns. An elevator and restrooms were added to the rear of the building and provide ADA compliance. To bring the space up to 21st century standards, the team modernized heating, ventilation, air-conditioning, electrical, and IT systems.

Grant funding was obtained to provide for one fourth of the project’s construction costs; greatly alleviating taxpayer burden and making the project economically feasible. KSQ worked with Cultural Resource Consulting Group to sustainably rehabilitate and modernize the library (listed on the National Register of Historic Places). The project received LEED Silver certification.

The Details

Project Type: Renovation
Project Size: 7,500 SF
Completed: 2011
Client: Kingston City School District
Services: Architecture
Awards: AIA Citation Award (AIA Westchester + Hudson Valley, 2012)

“…Thank you for all your hard work in bringing the Carnegie Building renovation to such a successful conclusion. It is beautiful and energy efficient! That is a combination that cannot be topped.”
– Nora Scherer, Vice President to the Board of Trustees, Kingston City School District

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