Tuesday, December 18, 2012

More updated photos...

Work continues on the new school. These photos will show the steady progress. 

Painting starting in the gym, showing our school colors of black, red and white.

Ms. Fabijanic looking at her new classroom and extended reading area.

A look through the main entrance to the school.

Ms. Fabijanic walking through one of the archways.

Mr. Kaufman showing our teachers around the school.  A different view of
light boxes which will showcase the student's artwork.

A different look at the hallway showing the built-in light boxes.

Showing the staff the art and photography rooms.  

What a wonderful space for art and photography.
The dark room is under construction in the back right corner.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

The project is moving along

Here are more photos from our weekly trips over to see the new building.

Piazza- where the students will have lunch.

Light boxes for displaying student artwork in the hallways.

A view down the hallway with the light boxes and the ending archway.

Mrs. Darefsky checking out the middle school math room.

Another glance down a hallway.

The elementary classroom.

The middle school language arts classroom.

The main reception area, the office will be near the ladder.

Mrs. D down the high school corridor.

The art and photography room.

New Windows and Doors


New Windows, Doors, and Keeping Warm!
This week at the Siena School’s new building, new doors and windows were put in place. At the same time the crew is insulating the pipes and walls. Check out a few pictures!
The front doors have been installed! 

The view out the front doors. 

Insulation keeps the building warm and ensures the pipes are protected. 



The view out of one the classrooms – think the kids might get distracted?


Monday, November 12, 2012

Work Continues on the Interior


The layout of the new Siena School building continues to take shape as some of the architectural details are put in place, the walls keep going up, and piping for the sprinkler system is assembled. Two of the key architectural details are the arches in the hallway - a Tuscan inspiration - and the wood reception area which will greet visitors at the main entry. Check out the photos as these features are built…


The arches which are located at each corner of the main hallway help define the space. 

The same corner arch, viewed from another angle. Beyond it are new classrooms.

The work crew is working on the walls of a classroom where drywall has been hung.
This machine is used for threading the pipes which allow the pipes to be connected together. The pipes will be a part of the new sprinkler system. 


The reception desk is framed and ready to be built. 

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Classrooms are Taking Shape!


This week work has been focusing on the first level of the building where most of the classrooms as well as the administrative offices will be.  The work involves putting up “frames” which will support the walls for the rooms, beginning to put up drywall, and getting the plumbing in place.
Drywall is loaded through the front door by a large crane. 

The administrative offices will be on the interior of the first floor. Here you can see the framing of the walls for this central area. 

The work crew installs the plumbing for the boys’ bathroom on the first floor.

The work crew removes the old heating system in the gym. Now that the building has central air conditioning and heating, this older system will not be necessary.

Mr. Heyer and Mr. Carr (Project Manager) stand inside one of the classrooms discussing the work. 

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Post - Hurricane Update

Construction on the new building was halted Monday and Tuesday for safety reasons while the stormy weather came through the Washington area. Work resumed on Wednesday after an inspection of the site showed no damage from the storm.

We hope everyone stayed safe during the storm and that your own homes are in good condition!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Reconstruction Begins…


After stripping the first floor down to its nuts and bolts, the work crew installed much of the duct work into the ceiling. Now they are starting to install insulation.
Insulation is traditionally used to keep a building temperate. In this case, it will also help insulate the special acoustic dampening ceiling in which the school has invested to ensure that first floor classrooms are quiet even if there’s a basketball game in the gym overhead.
The work crew installing insulation into the ceiling.

Just a few more bags to go!

Coming next week…drywall! It’s stacked up and ready to go. 

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Let there be light


While work continues on the new ceiling and other interior structures, the newest project at The Siena School is putting in windows.  To get as much light as possible, new windows are being created both externally and in some cases, internally between the classrooms and hallways.

The men are putting in new windows in these classrooms. 

Interior windows will help bring light into the hallways. 

New exterior windows will be placed in what used to be a brick wall. 


Thursday, September 20, 2012

Decision time for the important interior components

This week, the building committee had a thorough and productive meeting with the architects to decide on


  • the flooring colors for the hallways and the piazza (activity room) 
  • patterns for the hallway, science room and piazza flooring
  • classroom and office carpets
  • classroom and office wall paint colors
  • bathroom floor tiling patterns and colors
  • bathroom counter tops

Further progress in the building

Visuals are important for our community, so we hope to keep you updated as the building really comes together.


New walls going up to form Director of Technology and Athletic Director's offices.

Continued work on the walls and ceilings.  

New windows in the elementary classroom!

Future classrooms

Upstairs office spaces

New windows into two separate classrooms

Framing for new walls

Glimpse into the Middle School English room

Additional new walls separating the open floor plan