Construction Continues Inside On
North Shore Schools TV & Recording Studio 

North Shore Schools, Glen Head, N.Y.
This summer, dedicated North Shore students and alumni participating in the LI Studies (LIS) Program continued construction inside of the new Victorian TV and Recording Studio located at the front entrance of the North Shore High School campus at Glen Cove Avenue under the direction of Technology teacher Bruce Fichtman. Student workers included Eric Borchert, Bryan Goetz, Thanasi Mokos, Wyatt Aledort, Zachary Lauricella, Bennett Genovesi, and A.J. Cavaliere.

Mr. Fichtman said, “I was so impressed this summer by the students’ work ethic and eagerness to make the building look absolutely perfect inside and out.  The students understood the importance of the safe and accurate installation of the electrical, plumbing and fire alarm systems.”

The tremendous task of building the Victorian TV and Recording Studio began in 2008. It is a collaboration among volunteer community members and North Shore students in the LI Studies (LIS) Program, just one of five interdisciplinary humanities courses offered to seniors at North Shore High School. Several school districts have visited North Shore to observe our senior programs which have been recognized as Programs of Excellence by the New York State Council of Teachers of English.  This project is funded by generous grants from the Viking Foundation.

During this hot, rainy summer, students diligently worked on a number of projects including:

  • Completion of exterior painting of the Victorian Studio with historical Victorian colors of Olive Green, Biltmore Bluff Beige, Sundried Tomato Red and Robbins Egg Blue for the ceiling of the wraparound porch.
  • Installation of tongue and groove cedar planking around the perimeter of the exposed foundation of the wraparound porch.
  • Painting of the wraparound porch and handicap ramp deck floors with historic gray paint.
  • Installation of all electrical lines, outlet boxes and high hat lighting fixtures under the supervision of local resident and electrician John Wierzbicki, JRW Electric, Inc. All electrical work was inspected and approved by a local electrical underwriter.
  • Installation of all ceiling and floor insulation.
  • Installation of sheetrock on the main studio tray ceiling.
  • Installation of all plumbing hot and cold water lines, drain and venting systems under the supervision of local resident Glenn Bunce, G. Bunce Plumbing and Heating, and his two sons John and Brian (both former Long Island Studies students).
  • Installation of all internet wiring.
  • Installation of all sensors and pull boxes associated with a Fire Alarm Safety system.
  • Construction and installation of a side staircase and railing on the West side of the wraparound porch.Students decided to add the circular gingerbread pattern of the wraparound porch on each riser of the staircase.

Mr. Fichtman added, “The supervision and insight provided by residents of the district who are experts of their respective trades was a lifelong learning experience for all involved in the construction of the studio.  My students took tremendous pride and exhibited their sense of craftsmanship from designing decorative trim on the staircase risers to putting the finishing touches of paint on the exterior of the building.  They spent endless hours attending to the finest painting details on the gingerbread trim, knowing that the Victorian Studio will be a showcase and a source of pride for all of our students and the community.” 

It is the first building at the North Shore School District that will be heated and cooled using geothermal energy. Geothermal ductwork installation for the Heating Ventilation and Air Condition (HVAC) systems will begin in the fall under the expertise of Mr. Bob Parrett, North Shore Geothermal.

Mr. Bruce Fichtman concluded by saying, “All summer long, community members drove by the Victorian Studio and complimented the students on their craftsmanship and the beautiful overall look and color scheme of the building.  My students this upcoming school year will get the interior of the building paint ready by installing all of the wall insulation, sheetrock, tape and spackle.” He proposed that the estimated time of completion could be in two years.

Article by Shelly Newman 
Information provided by Bruce Fichtman
Photos by Bruce Fichtman and Shelly Newman



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