Plans for a multi-purpose building next to the new turf athletic field on the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Middle and High School campus have been in the works for the last few years. In pursuit of this goal, significant fundraising efforts by the RCS Sports Association have been bolstered by beautification funds from LaFarge, anticipated grant moneys from New York State and a State & Municipal grant that was secured with the assistance of Sen. George Amedore.
“In line with our district-wide focus for creating functionality, ease of access and beatification of our school facilities, this proposed multi-purpose building will meet all of those needs,” Superintendent, Dr. Brian Bailey said.
The new building will contain a modern kitchen facility, handicap accessible, ADA compliant restrooms and much need storage to secure district equipment that has been frequently stored outdoors.
“Anyone that has been to any event at our stadium would understand the need for updated restroom facilities,” Bailey continued.
The stadium facilities are used by spectators and athletes from RCS and the surrounding community during various outdoor events held throughout the year.
“We have created a highly visible and frequently utilized field,” Bailey said. “The completion of this new building will ensure that all guests have access to clean, modern restrooms while the functionality and appeal of the entire complex will be significantly enhanced by its addition.”
The brick and mortar, multi-purpose building is being constructed between the large grandstand and the main entrance to the track and field. It will require significant improvements and access to sewer, electrical and natural gas connections. Excavation and some adjustments to the existing fence will also be made.
Money raised by the RCS Sports Association, a $50,000 State & Municipal grant, LaFarge beautification funds, and anticipated reimbursement from a NYSERDA grant will be combined to complete the construction which is estimated to cost approximately $440,000.
“Our goal throughout this project was to ensure it would get done at no RCS taxpayer expense,” RCS Sports Association Executive Director, Jerry Perrine, said. “After a long wait and many, many fundraising activities, this dream seems it is coming true.”
Contractors broke ground on the facility in early August. Footings for the structure were poured this week. It is estimated that the multi-purpose building will be completed by the end of October, 2017.