EASTCHESTER, N.Y. – After years of planning, fundraising, frustrating contractors and waiting, the Bronxville High School is gearing up for the grand opening of its state-of-the-art auditorium, which is scheduled to be completed by the end of the month.
The near $10 million renovation project has been in the works for years, with the Bronxville Board of Education approving the borrowing of 45 million through a bond referendum in 2012. Another $2 million came from a construction reserve created the year before, with $3 million raised by the Bronxville PTA, School Foundation and private donors.
According to Superintendent David Quattrone, the project features “a side lobby addition and terrace, restored windows, new side balconies and wood trim throughout, reflecting the original building design. Once completed, the auditorium will have a capacity of 500, with improved seating, acoustics and sightlines.
The auditorium was originally scheduled to be completed in February, but a series of construction delays forced the district to continually push back its public opening.
Earlier this year, contracting crews were forced to completely halt construction on the renovation, when district officials terminated the contract of the general contract and re-opened the bidding process to find a replacement.
There will be an opening reception for the public next month. Quattrone added that “after years of planning, a highly successful fundraising drive and a few construction setbacks, Bronxville students and the community at large will benefit from a comprehensive, state-of-the-art renovation of the school auditorium, scheduled for completion by the end of the month.”
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