The City School District of Albany has officially opened its new music and art classroom addition, marking the completion of Phase 2 of the multi-phased $179.9 million renovation and expansion of Albany High School.
Construction took place over the past two years, beginning in June 2019 and reaching completion in January 2021. The new two-story, 39,000 sf addition extends east from the auditorium toward the athletic field and houses the district’s art and music departments. Featuring floor-to-ceiling windows for abundant natural daylight, large instructional and rehearsal spaces, and specialized technology to accommodate new programs, the addition fosters creativity, enhances student well-being, and mirrors a professional environment to promote future-readiness.
CSArch also provided the MEP engineering design, which included mechanical units, a variable air volume (VAV) system, demand control ventilation (DCV), a complete fire alarm and sprinkler system, and architectural lighting and power solutions to support a modern learning environment. Fabric ductwork suspended within the art classrooms is a quiet, aesthetically pleasing alternative to traditional ductwork and delivers uniform, comfortable air dispersion.