SCARSDALE, N.Y. - Scarsdale school officials have hired a prestigious Long Island-based architectural firm to complete and implement the district’s Facility Master Plan and future bond work.
At Monday’s regular meeting, the Board of Education voted to approve BBS Architects and Engineers, citing the $3 billion in public construction they’ve completed, calling them “one of the top educational facility designers in New York State.”
The selection of BBS culminates a lengthy search process that began last year when a Request for Proposals was sent to nearly 50 architects in the region. In all, 18 firms submitted formal proposals, with BBS being chosen as the best fit.
According to the Board, special consideration was given to firm’s design aesthetic, renovation and new construction experience, collaboration and problem-solving skills, as well as the time and resources available for the district’s needs.
“With over 60 professionals on staff, BBS set itself apart from most of the competition with its in-house engineering abilities, technical strengths, project approaches, and master planning experience,” Schools Superintendent Thomas Hagerman said. “During their initial interview, BBS illustrated 12 different major projects that demonstrated their capacity to build new buildings and to renovate extensively, and explained the processes they used to actualize each of these projects.”
Hagerman added that BBS was back in Scarsdale last week, where they shined during a final, extensive, question-and-answer session with the Board of Education and Administrative Cabinet.
“At this meeting BBS again demonstrated its knowledge of working with a variety of facility needs, including how to improve instructional spaces to meet a district’s changing needs, and a strong competency in a host of infrastructure challenges. In addition, they provided a clear and impressive community-based approach to project development--from beginning to end.
“Finally, although not a primary consideration for this decision, BBS costs were the lowest among all interviewees. With the scope and scale of capital work in the District over the next many years, there is no doubt that the community, as it does in all areas, expects fiscally prudent stewardship in this area.”