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Community Building in the Genesee Valley

A rare northerly flowing river, the Genesee travels roughly 180 miles from northern Pennsylvania and topples over six waterfalls before emptying into Lake Ontario. HUNT is pleased to have worked in innumerable communities along that serpentine stretch of dairy farms and cute hamlets, with K-12 efforts ongoing in mid-2018 at Letchworth, Warsaw, Geneseo, Livonia, Caledonia-Mumford and Greece.

Those capital projects have been complemented in the last several years by a cooperative, economic and workforce development project spearheaded by Genesee Valley School Board Executive Director Tom Cox, local economic development officials, and HUNT’s own planning and business development team. In 2015 the GVSBA’s Cox and HUNT’s John Cake, AIA began a series of seminars that highlighted the Valley’s economic, cultural, and physical assets and called upon school board officials to play a more active role connecting their schools with the local business communities (with the schools often being the largest employers in town). These sessions also underlined the various districts’ own growing awareness and implementation of work-force development curriculum.

Meanwhile, HUNT’s engineering and architecture teams have worked on the following GV capital projects. At Letchworth, Superintendent Todd Campbell and Facilities Director Todd Brandt have steered their campus through a wide variety of building improvements, including: window, casework, roof, and toilet room replacements and renovations, parking lot/asphalt upgrades, and a track-surface replacement. Upcoming improvements slated for 2018-19 include campus security cameras and access control hardware.

At Warsaw CSD Superintendent Joe Englebert and team are shepherding a number of campus-wide projects, highlighted by the addition of an elementary school, pre-kindergarten program and the relocation of the district offices into a historic, 100-year-old carriage house.

Up Valley, at Geneseo Superintendent Tim Hayes, and his Tim Curtin-led facilities team recently carved a modern transportation center out of a neighboring property, facilitating the move of all employee and busses from an aged, off-campus garage to the main campus.

Moving upriver, the expansion of Livonia’s auditorium lobby into an existing courtyard seeks to improve audience and student circulation, as well as address life-safety issues. Superintendent Matt Cole’s project list also includes new tennis courts, the re-purposing of the existing tennis courts, and a dramatic reconfiguration of the elementary school nurses’ suite.

Finally, at Caledonia-Mumford CSD, roof replacements and long-term infrastructure planning and budgeting are centerpieces of Superintendent Bob Molisani’s current five-year plan. These maintenance issues underpin an even grander long-term vision to realize the following capital project improvements: athletic field upgrades and additions including new synthetic turf, installing a shock-pad system, and designing perimeter drainage; and, rigging, lighting, and sound/acoustic improvement to the main Cal-Mum auditorium.

Pressed up against the Genesee as the river approaches Lake Ontario, Greece CSD continues to make district-wide facilities improvements. Since the 2015-2016 Performing Arts renovations, HUNT has been involved in number of projects across the area, with Superintendent Kathleen Graupman, Lou Bianchi, AIA, and their facilities team most recently targeting a new transportation hub.

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