Schenley Alumni Group Selects dck worldwide as its General Contractor to Remodel the Schenley High School Property
An Alumni group focused on transforming the old Schenley High School property into a new state of the art innovative private school offering core education curriculum plus education tracks in Digital Animation, Film & Audio Production, Game Development, and Performing Arts has selected dck worldwide and CentiMark Corp, two of the top contractors in the greater Pittsburgh area, for the remodeling project of the former Schenley High School.
“By naming dck worldwide as the general contractor on the project, we feel confident in our ability to complete the remodeling on time and on budget. We are constantly amazed by the level of professionalism and attention to detail on the part of our contractor team,” says Edward Alexei, the Schenley Alumni and Silicon Valley executive who is heading up the group of Alumni in its effort to purchase the property. Alexei says if selected by the Pittsburgh Public Schools Board of Directors to purchase the school, the group of alumni and the steering committee would like to keep the existing auditorium, pool and gym operational.
(pictured below Liz Berlin performing)
“We have received an overwhelming amount of interest and support for the project from Schenley alumni throughout the city and nationwide. The alumni have many fond memories of Schenley High School. I personally remember the time I spent on the historic stage at Schenley participating in the school plays with the now famous recording artists such as Karla Spirit-Lead Payne and Liz Berlin of Rusted Root. The stage and the auditorium at Schenley are revered as hallowed ground by many Pittsburgh artists and performers that got their start there.” commented Edward Alexei .
The Schenley auditorium was renamed the “Roger Babusci Jr. Auditorium” shortly before the 2006 retirement of long time theatrical director and Pennsylvania teacher of the year, Roger Babusci.
Alison Babusci, daughter of Roger Babusci Jr. and a Schenley alumni recollected, “The 35 musicals produced under my father’s direction were known to be professional-quality productions, he held us to a very high standard and we were inspired to reach it. On a few occasions people actually lined up out the door and down the street to get a seat! Many performances were sold-out. The whole community supported these productions, both young and old, Schenley graduates and even rivals came to see an uplifting performance featuring racially integrated casts and the stars of tomorrow. Everywhere in the city, people recognized the tradition of great musical theatre at Schenley. Countless students went on to successful careers in the arts, as performers and stage managers, technicians and designers as well as teachers sharing the arts with future generations.”
Dave Tinker and Edward Alexei spent years in the Schenley athletic facilities as teammates on the Spartans varsity volleyball team. “Twenty five years ago we never imagined that we would be Spartans again in 2013, working on a steering committee to preserve the school. It’s disappointing for us to see the facilities in the current state of neglect and decay” added Dave Tinker.
“In terms of the pool utilization, it would be shame to see a perfectly functioning pool cemented over, when it could still serve the purpose of teaching countless kids how to swim and to compete in swimming. We plan to bring Olympic swimmers to Pittsburgh area in order to raise interest in the Pittsburgh Stingrays Swimming team, currently practicing at the YMCA in the Hill District. The pool at Schenley could be utilized for the overflow of additional swimmers on the Stingrays roster.Losing the building as an education facility would be a tragic loss for Pittsburgh and the community. The alumni are vested in making sure that the Schenley High School building continues as a school, utilized only for it’s original intended purpose. dck worldwide has been an excellent partner and the perfect choice to restore the building to its original historic glory” remarked Mr. Alexei.
Members of the dck team are excited about the forthcoming partnership and the opportunity to provide their expertise on this project says Joseph J. DeIuliis, dck’s Business Development Manager in Pittsburgh, “For the Andy Warhol School for the Visual and Performing Arts Project, dck has assembled a team of experts to professionally assess the architectural, code and life safety regulatory requirements of the existing Schenley High School Building. Our team has evaluated the existing mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems and investigated the asbestos abatement needs and has put together the necessary scope of work to return the building to health and usefulness, dck will further establish a program to phase in new system upgrades to increase efficiency and reduce the operational costs and utility usage going forward. dck delivers exceptional value to this project by combining our Pittsburgh work ethic and global experience to deliver a world-class educational facility that will fuel economic development now and for years to come.”
dck worldwide, LLC is among the largest construction firms headquartered in the city of Pittsburgh. We are a global provider of building solutions that specializes in developing, managing and building highly complex construction projects. Our professional teams have successfully completed over $800 million in educational facility construction and renovation work for Carlow College, CCAC, Point Park, WVU, Marshall University, University of Pittsburgh, Upper Saint Clair High School, Shady Side Academy, Sarah Heinz House, University of Hawaii, University of Puerto Rico, DeVry University and including the $145 million renovation of the University of Cincinnati’s MSB, CARE and Eden Quad project, dck possesses the requisite skills and resources to properly evaluate and execute the construction of large scale renovation projects for both primary and secondary educational clients
In addition to the construction spend on the project, the AWSPA project will generate $50,000,000 in incremental revenue in the Greater Pittsburgh area via staff salaries and benefits, and an additional estimated $27,000,000 in revenue via the employment placement of AWSVPA graduates in the first five years of operation.
The Review Committee will make its recommendation to the Superintendent who is scheduled to bring it forward for a vote by the District’s Board at its regular public legislative meeting on Feb. 27.
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