It was a shining day for HUNT and Corning-Painted Post School District as the entire Hugh Gregg Elementary School lined up in a parade to celebrate the recent renovations to their school. The parade took place on June 14th on the school's surrounding streets in downtown Corning, NY.
Leading the charge was the Corning Color Guard who were "more than happy" to be a part of the event. Each grade-level was represented with coordinating clothing and performed songs for the audience. Parents and community members cheered from the sidewalks while engaged members of the Corning Police Department protected the parade route.
In attendance was Mayor William Boland, Corning-Painted Post Board of Education, members of the Corning City Council, Welliver Construction, and HUNT.
The project included adding six new classrooms to the school including dedicated space for arts and music. Other improvements included a new alarm system and cameras for increased security; a new space for parent conferences; a renovated main office and health area; and technology infrastructure updates. One major issue with the previous school design was Jennings Street, which ran between the school and the school's playground. As much a traffic hazard as a safety hazard, HUNT's team removed the road and united the spaces. The resulting site includes two new parking lots and safely connects the school building to it's recreational space.
"I'm thrilled that we had the opportunity to do this for our children. It's a great accomplishment," said Principal Ann Collins in reaction to the recent project. HUNT felt the same excitement in the work as shown by HUNT's Jeff Robbins, Ethan Smith and Dean Hackett, who wore permanent smiles throughout the parade. Our firm has always been proud to support our surrounding communities and even prouder when the community feels the same.