Stamford High School to replace asbestos floor and ceilings in $4 million project

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STAMFORD — With the state having recently agreed to pay a much higher rate for building and renovating schools, school officials are proposing to remove asbestos-filled ceilings and floor tiles and upgrade to other flooring at Stamford High School.

In total, the work will cost just over $4 million and will focus on the hallway and some classrooms on the second floor of the school wing built in 1928. Part of the work involves sealing the floors to prevent future flooding or seepage.

“One of the complaints from the school was that when they went to clean the floors, the water seeped in from the sides and then damaged the ceilings below,” said Travis Schnell of Mount Kisco, KG&D Architects, based in New York, at a recent meeting of the Stamford School Board’s operations committee.

Schnell said water leaking from the roof was also seeping into the ceiling and deteriorating the plaster.

“The plaster then breaks down and falls onto the existing drop ceiling…which is problematic,” he said.

At the meeting, City Engineer Lou Casolo said the new work planned for Stamford High is a continuation of the school’s remediation efforts launched by the City’s Mold Task Force. the city.

This work was also carried out on the same second floor and was completed about three years ago. But many sections of the ground remained unaltered at the time, even though they were also in poor condition, he said.

“Once you look above the drop ceiling of this building, the plaster ceiling is badly deteriorated,” Casolo said.

Repair work on the floor is not done immediately because the main culprit for the deterioration of the ceiling is a leaky roof. Casolo said the roof will likely be repaired this summer.

The architect said the rest of the work will consist of retaining and reinstalling the light fixtures, adding insulation, and removing and reinstalling the fans in the unit.

He said the full project will likely be completed in the summers of 2024 and 2025.

Stamford officials expect a 60% state reimbursement rate for the work. This percentage is much higher than what the city has obtained in the past; State officials recently agreed to increase Stamford’s reimbursement rate from the previous mark by 20% for new construction and 30% for renovations.

ignacio.laguarda@stamfordadvocate.com


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