Over the past 30 years, the New York City School Construction Authority (SCA) has located, designed, and constructed the most cutting edge educational and recreational facilities for New York City public school students. Since its creation, the SCA has provided approximately 275,000 new school seats for New York City students and opened the nation’s largest free Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) network providing more than 10,000 seats under the Mayor’s UPK and 3-K initiatives. In addition, the SCA has protected, repaired and upgraded over 1,800 schools in 1,400 school buildings, half of which are over 60 years old.
Our record has been exemplary and is always improving. The SCA has constructed an unprecedented number of schools and additions and completed thousands of capital improvement projects, including the repair, re-opening and completion of permanent renovations on a record number of schools in the aftermath of Super Storm Sandy in 2012. More recently, the SCA has been hard at work upgrading electrical infrastructure in order to provide air conditioning (A/C) for every classroom in New York City by 2021, one year ahead of schedule.
We have continued the City’s commitment to remove Transportable Classroom Units (TCUs) across the five boroughs. Since 2015, the SCA has removed 205 TCUs and finalized removal plans for an additional 75 units.
The SCA is also an integral partner in the City’s Universal Physical Education initiative to ensure all students have access to indoor space for physical education. In the first phase of the initiative, 19 schools will receive a new stand-alone gym while other schools will get upgraded facilities.
The SCA began the 2019-2020 school year opening six new schools, 11 new pre-kindergarten and 3-K facilities, and completing hundreds of capital improvement projects. The 2020-2021 school year will mark the completion and opening of 10 new schools and additions adding nearly 5,400 new seats throughout the City. The SCA will also open 12 new 3-K facilities in 2020 adding nearly 1,700 seats for our youngest learners.
The SCA also implemented a groundbreaking diversity program that has redefined our approach to minority business participation at the SCA. Since 2010, the SCA has committed over $4.2 billion in prime contracts to MWLBE businesses and $3 billion in sub-contracts. We also developed a one-of-a-kind Mentor Program to grow and develop MWLBE contractors. Businesses participating in the program have won over $650 million in contracts.
SCA staff ensured our success through their dedication and commitment to our mission. With each new school year, I continue to feel proud to lead an organization that consistently reaches its goals and milestones. Our contributions to the school community have enabled our children to learn in safe and nurturing environments.
As the SCA enters its fourth decade of service, we will renew our commitment to the SCA mission and spirit so that we can continue providing better facilities and enhanced educational services for the City’s school children. We will not settle for anything less.
- Lorraine Grillo