On Friday May 22nd, O&G Industries officially broke ground on the Putnam High School renovation project. Members of the Putnam High School Administration, Faculty, School Board Building Committee, Elected Officials and O&G Industries gathered behind the shell of the new gymnasium for the project’s official groundbreaking ceremony.
“O&G is excited to be working with the community here in Putnam to deliver a 21st century educational facility” said Ken Biega, Assistant Vice President of O&G Industries. The $36.6 million, 98K square foot renovate-as-new project began with a soft start in the fall of 2014. In September, construction crews began work that would set the stage for a full-scale effort beginning immediately after the last day of school. Work will continue throughout the school’s summer break while the school is unoccupied.
“During the course of this project we will perform a comprehensive renovation that will upgrade the school’s facilities to that of a modern educational environment. In the areas touched by the renovation we will remove all of the structure down to the outer shell of the building. Then we will reconstruct the facility with all new components” said Biega. “We will also address challenges such as the lack of natural light, bring outdated systems up to code, incorporate energy efficient design features and expand areas such as the gymnasium that no longer meet the school’s needs.”
“The renovation also creates opportunities for the school system. The renovation will allow us to launch a new medical pathways program and house the Putnam Alternative Learning School within the school again” said Putnam School Superintendent William Hull.
The scope of the project includes replacing windows, renovating the science labs, expanding the gymnasium, transforming the existing library into a multi-media center and upgrading the mechanical infrastructure of the 60 year old building. The project is expected to be completed in the summer of 2017.
Pictured left to right in the photo: Anthony Falzarano, Mayor; Danny Rovero, State Representative; Peter Benoit, Putnam High School Building Committee; Paul Cotnoir, Putnam High School Building Committee Chairman; John Peters, Putnam High School Building Committee; James Purdon, Putnam High School Building Committee; Scott Pempek, Putnam High School Building Committee; Michael Morrill, Board of Education - Chairman