POUGHKEEPSIE – The Poughkeepsie City School District has named Triton Construction as the construction manager to oversee the $98.5 million capital improvement project that will rehabilitate several of the district’s facilities.
Triton was selected after eight firms submitted proposals for consideration. All proposals were scrutinized by a district review committee. The New York City-based firm has a Newburgh office where they manage school projects.
The capital improvement project is being done in phases, with the first phase including new secure entryways at the schools, as well as work on roofs, plumbing, and HVAC systems. Work will be performed at all seven schools.
The second phase will create specific education areas for each school along with extensive renovation and construction work. According to the terms of the agreement, Triton will be paired with CPL Architects and Engineers on the project to strengthen the district’s facilities.
According to information released by the school district, the scope of Triton’s work includes scheduling of the construction phases, review of construction plans with the ability to make recommendations, coordination of utility interruptions, and day-to-day oversight of all work being performed. Triton will also be responsible for coordinating building occupancies and phases to meet district needs and monitoring the budget and expenses of the project.
Board President Felicia Watson supports the selection of the construction team. “I respect the work of the committee and after reading the proposal I see why the committee made its recommendation.”
Triton’s team will spend some time familiarizing themselves with the project and key district personnel. After CPL designs the roofing projects, lavatories, and other needed work, Triton will review the designs, get them estimated, and prepare to oversee the work, set to begin this summer, according to PCSD Interim Chief Finance and Business Official Robert McDow.
Frank Reich, co-CEO of Triton, said his firm’s first priority is the safety of the sites and schools during construction, followed by ensuring the project stays on budget and on schedule. “This is a huge win for us, and Poughkeepsie is a great school district to be in. We’re excited about the job,” he said.
The firm has also worked with CPL on other projects. Triton formed in 2002 and its team has extensive experience in school construction projects, Reich added.