City School
District of Albany


City School 
District of Albany


As part of a four-phase project, the City School District of Albany engaged CSArch for a large-scale $179 million renovation and expansion of the existing high school. The project will add more than 250,000 square feet of new space to expand the school's capacity to about 3,000 students.

We don't partner with CSArch because they win awards and are nationally recognized. We partner with them because they are talented, pleasant to work with, and extremely knowledgeable in all facets of public school construction."

William Hogan, Retired Assistant Superintendent for Business
New Academic Building Addition

A new three-story, 120,000 square-foot academic building behind the original school is a major element of Phase 1. Classroom design will support active learning with flexible furniture to enable classroom rearrangement and support individual or team-based clusters. Color, lighting and transparency brighten classrooms to create visual connectivity.

New Art and Music Addition

Phase 2 features the construction of a two-story, 39,000 square foot Art and Music building addition at the front of the high school. Art classrooms will mirror studio spaces with large windows for natural light, modular group tables, and high ceilings. Music students will have a designated instruction and rehearsal space with new instrument storage and acoustic treatments for optimal sound quality.

Pool Renovation and Renewal

The high school's pool had been out of service since 2015, when aging infrastructure caused the collapse of an outside wall, calling for a state-of-the-art renovation and renewal. Modern lighting, new diving pedestals, and spectator seating give athletes an ideal facility to compete. 

On Saturday, June 1st, the City School District of Albany broke ground on Phase 2 of the renovation and expansion of Albany High School. Prior to the ceremony, students, faculty, and the community had the opportunity to tour the construction site for Phase 1 of the project, which is scheduled to be complete in February 2020.

Project Scope

The City School District of Albany faces a criticial need to raise achievement for all students and significantly increase graduation rates. Its high school is in an aging facility on a campus that does not incorporate critical academic programs such as career and technical education, or outdoor facilities for most varsity athletic teams.

Driving the project is a mission to improve the student experience, offer new opportunities for learning and engagement, and address the ever-evolving needs of 21st century education. The redesign encompasses renovations to approximately 300,400 sf of existing space and nearly 242,600 sf of new construction to support a projected enrollment increase of 3,000 students. 


Albany, NY


570,000 SF

Estimated Completion Date



Citation Design Award, American Institute of Architects, Eastern NY Chapter, 2017


Academic Classrooms, Fine Arts Classrooms, Music Classrooms, Auditorium, Athletics Spaces, Library Media Center, Career and Technical Education, Safety and Infrastructure


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