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North Colonie Capital Project

Capital Project Update

Plans were finalized and submitted to the NY State Education Department (NYSED) for phases 1 and 2 in December, 2017. NYSED’s Office of Facilities Planning has set a review date of February 13, 2018. Actual construction work is tentatively scheduled to begin in late May/June 2018, focusing on site work around the junior high school and the turf field installation.

Phase 1

  • Shaker Middle School
  • Transportation facility
  • Site work and athletic facilities work at Shaker High School and Shaker Middle School

Phase 2

  • Blue Creek, Boght Hills, and Southgate elementary schools

Phases 3 & 4

  • Forts Ferry, Latham Ridge, and Loudonville elementary schools
  • Shaker High School

Design work for phases 3 and 4 will begin in January 2018, with plans to be submitted to NYSED by September 2018.


Since receiving voter approval in May 2017, planning for the district’s $106.3 million capital project has been underway with groundbreaking and construction anticipated to begin as the school year winds down in June 2018.

Several meetings took place as members of the district’s architectural and construction management team convened with faculty, administrators and building leaders as last school year came to a close. The groups met to share input for the design of the new and renovated learning spaces and classroom additions that are planned, as well as site work at the Shaker Junior High and Shaker High School campuses.

Throughout the summer, architects developed schematic drawings to share with teachers and school leaders in early fall. Based on this input, architects will work with district leaders to finalize the design plans for the first phases of construction. Final plans will be submitted to the New York State Education Department (SED) for review with approval of the plans expected by March 2018.

Given the green light from SED, public bidding of the construction work will commence in the spring. Following the bid awards, groundbreaking and construction will begin.

Recap of project scope

Facilities improvements include the creation of new and flexible learning spaces that will allow for hands-on, project-based learning in science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM), additional classroom space to address the continued enrollment growth at the elementary level and security upgrades that will strengthen safety at each school.

The early phase of the capital project will include the addition of a fifth hall to transform the current 7-8 junior high to a 6-8 middle school model, a new library/media center and renovations to existing classrooms and learning spaces, as well as site work and construction of fields at the Shaker Junior High and Shaker High School campuses. Blue Creek, Boght Hills and Southgate elementary schools will also add classrooms and spaces conducive to more project-based learning. The later phase of the project will encompass renovations at Forts Ferry, Loudonville and Latham Ridge. In addition, the counseling and administrative offices at Shaker High School will be relocated and special education classroom space will be expanded.  

The architect/construction management team will provide updates on the project during Board of Education meetings, as needed.

What’s next?

The preliminary timeline is as follows for Phases 1 & 2:

  • Fall 2017
    • District approves plans
  • December 2017
    • Plans submitted to NYSED
  • Winter 2017-18
    • NYSED review of plans
    • NYSED approval expected
  • Spring 2018
    • Bidding period
    • Contracts awarded
  • Summer 2018
    • Construction begins at Shaker Middle School, Blue Creek, Boght Hills and Southgate elementary schools, and transportation facilities
    • Site work at Shaker High School and Shaker Middle School campuses, which includes installation of a multi-sport artificial turf field, and improvements to traffic and bus lanes as well as parking lots will also begin. The installation of the new turf field and traffic improvements are anticipated to be complete by the start of the 2018 school year.