Rebuilding Albany High School
Investing in our students. Investing in our community.
Investing in our future.
Construction is underway on a $179.9
million project to renovate and expand Albany
High School. The project will add more than 250,000
square feet of new facilities and completely
renovate the existing 378,000-square-foot
complex. The project will expand the school's
capacity to about 3,000 students; Albany High
enrolls about 2,500 students currently and has
run out of space to add new classrooms as the
district's enrollment grows.
2 groundbreaking launches project's next step
City School District of Albany marked the latest milestone in the
Rebuilding Albany High School project June 1 with a groundbreaking
celebration for the second phase of the project --
a two-story, 39,000-square-foot classroom building
that will include art and music classrooms.
The new building, located along Washington Avenue
extending east from the school, is scheduled to open for the start of
the 2020-21 school year. Check out this
Phase 2 glance for
"Our new art and music building will continue the
transformation of Albany High School into New York’s most advanced –
and, in my opinion – most spectacular high school," said Superintendent
Kaweeda G. Adams.
The morning also included opportunities for
families and community members to tour the Phase 1 construction site.
The new three-story, 120,000-square-foot academic building that is the
main element of Phase 1 is scheduled to open in January.
"As we break ground today on Phase 2 of our
Rebuilding Albany High School project, and with the framework of Phase 1
rising behind me, it is an opportunity once again to look to the future
with great enthusiasm," Adams said. To read more about the
groundbreaking ceremony and tours,
please visit our District News section.
The project will be completed in four phases
and is scheduled for completion in 2025.
Phase 1 began in April 2018. It consists primarily
of a new three-story, 120,000-square-foot academic building in back of
our school. It is scheduled to be ready in January 2020
note that this is a change from the original target completion date of
fall 2019 due to delays caused by bad weather during the summer and
fall, unforeseen conditions during excavation and unanticipated
Phase 1 also includes a new mechanical building in an area behind
the auditorium and adjacent to the old Washington Avenue parking lot.
Phase 2 began in June.
This will consist primarily of construction of another new academic
building in the front of our school, in what is now the old Washington
Avenue parking lot. That
new two-story, 39,000-square-foot classroom building, extending east from the auditorium toward the
athletic field, will be the home for art and music
classrooms. It is scheduled to open for the start of the 2020-21 school
Phases 3 and 4
The final two phases will include renovation of the auditorium, including
the addition of a balcony, the addition of an elevated jogging track in
the main gym, the enclosure of the courtyard, and a complete renovation
of the current academic building to accommodate four academies on the
top two floors and Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs on the
The full project is scheduled to be finished in
the fall of 2025.
While Albany High
is moving through the daily and weekly routines of the school year,
there is a lot going on as construction progresses on Phase I and
planning moves ahead for the start of Phase II.
To keep you updated on the progress, we are instituting project
updates along with other periodic updates on construction and planning. Please follow the links below to
read each update:
Rebuilding Albany High
School will mean
hundreds of construction jobs to our community over the full span of the
The district is committed to helping Albany residents, and
especially residents of color, acquire the knowledge and skills
necessary to get these jobs, as well as other
construction-related jobs throughout our community and region.
The district also is committed to helping
minority- and woman-owned businesses enterprises
(MWBEs) be positioned to take advantage of these
opportunities as well, both in the district and
throughout the region and state.
Please visit our
MWBE-Workforce Development page for more information.
Please follow the
links below for more project updates beginning in 2016: