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Campus Expansion


Building the Foundation for Our Future

As part of ISY's strategic goal to develop and implement plans to ensure quality, purpose-built facilities that support the curriculum, co-curriculum, security, safety, and health needs of ISY students, the school is undergoing a campus expansion and facilities renovation. The first phase of the expansion was completed in March of 2017, which resulted in the addition of 145,000 square feet of a state of the art and safety standard facility to the existing ISY campus. The Science, Arts and Sports Center now provides a wide variety of space, activities, programs, and services including: social and educational events for students, meeting and event facilities (for students, faculty, and staff), student organization and work spaces, a gymnasium, an aquatics center, a weight room for secondary students, health clinic, a dedicated art gallery, and state of the art science labs. The Science, Arts and Sports Center is located next to Building A, on the ISY campus.

There are approximately 700 students at ISY, and students are involved in over 100 co-curricular and classroom activities. Our new facilities will match the academic and co-curricular standards that ISY maintains.

We invite you to further explore ISY's exciting future campus construction projects by viewing the Campus Expansion Information below.

Campus Expansion Information

Phases 1, 2 & 3

The ISY community celebrated 60 years of Chinthe Pride in 2015. We look forward to moving into the future with state-of-the-art buildings completed in Phases 1, 2 and 3 of our project. Building the Foundation for our Future is a commitment that we feel is of primary importance; a large part of that commitment is to establish a campus that will be here for years to come.

The expansion of our campus allows the ISY legacy to thrive; thereby creating space for our current and future community members to learn, grow and mingle together in a premier educational environment.

Background

The recent history of the major ISY campus development dates back to 2008 when the international architect firm, H2L2 delivered a master plan for the rebuilding of the ISY campus on its current site. A combination of cost, construction logistics, and school leadership changes resulted in the languishing of this initiative.

In 2010, ISY secured a lease on a bit of land over one acre of property directly adjacent to the school’s (previous) lower court. The local firm, Architect 47, was contracted to design enhancements to the school’s offerings including: a swimming pool, gymnasium, sports fields, cafeteria, and second campus entrance.

In early 2011, just as construction was ready to commence, the school was informed that this property had been sold ($12 million U.S.) and was no longer available. Despite fervent appeals by the ISY School Board, the lease was vacated and lease payments were returned to the school.

From 2012 - 2013, a wide variety of alternatives were explored: direct land purchase, co-projects with real estate developers, land grants from the government, and redeveloping the existing campus. Because of the prime location of the current campus, its long tenure on the site, cost and time considerations, and taking into account the founding purpose of the school, the ISY School Board voted to undertake major improvements and additions (a swimming pool, gym, theater, library, art center, science labs, etc.) at its current location.

A master plan design began in 2013 and was approved by the ISY School Board in early 2014. In September 2014, the Housing Board issued its endorsement of the project and the Yangon City Development Corporation provided its acceptance of the project’s parameters. It issued the demolition permit and provided the construction permit application package.

ISY Project Team and Contractors: Phase I

Project Manager - Dave Munday

Dave is a veteran project and construction manager with 15 U.S. Embassy projects since 1991, including the new U.S. Embassy in Yangon in 2006-07. Dave’s academic and training background includes: Construction Engineering Technology – Applied Project Management Degree from George Brown College, Facility Management Administrator designation from Building Owners and Managers Institute, Construction Quality Management certification from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 10 hr., 30 hr., and HAZWOPER training.

Construction Manager - Steven (Pyi) Nyein

Steven has worked for ISY for 15 years in various roles and was a logical choice for the Construction Manager position. His previous experience and intimate knowledge of the ISY campus has proven invaluable to the project and as the project progresses to its ultimate completion he will possess all the qualifications to manage the upgraded facilities. Steven’s academic qualifications include a diploma in Facilities Management, certificate in Electrical Installations and Applied Electronics, and a BS degree in Chemistry from Dagon University.

Project Coordinator – Chan Mye Aung

Chan Mye is an experienced quantity surveyor and site engineer. Chan Mye wears “many hats” being responsible for quantity survey confirmations, project coordination with contractor, vendors, ISY staff, etc. She additionally manages office operations and document control. Chan Mye’s academic qualifications include Bachelor of Engineering (Civil), Bachelor Technician (Civil), Assistant Government Technology Institute, and is currently seeking to gain her Civil Engineering Designation.

Contractors:

DAWN (Ay Yone Oo) Construction Ltd. General Contractor – Phase 1 Construction

  • Senior company directors engaged in the ISY campus development project include:
    • Daw Zon Zon Win – BS (Civil Engineering) University of Southern California
    • U Cyi Thu Maung – BS (Civil Engineering) Florida Atlantic University
    • Daw Lwin Lwin - MS (Civil Engineering) University Southern California

DAWN Construction Ltd. has graciously donated over $510,000 USD to the ISY campus development project.

De Arch – Phase 1 Architect

Serge Pun and Associates Design (S.P.A. Design) – Campus Master Plan and Phase 2 & 3 Design

  • A design practice based in Myanmar
  • Senior design staff directly engaged in ISY campus development project:
    • Dan West – MS (Architecture) University of Michigan
    • Daimian Hines, AIA – MS (Architecture) University of Michigan
    • Herald Duplessy – MS (Architecture) DPLG (Diplômé Par Le Gouvernement) Paris

Other vendors to our project:

  • Strength Company Ltd. – Swimming Pool
  • RHLB (Myanmar) Ltd. – Quantity Surveying
  • Schindler (Myanmar) – Elevator
  • GITC (Great Infinity Trading and Construction) – Temporary Facilities and Phase 1 hoarding walls
  • HTH Group Construction Ltd. – Temporary Facilities – Interim Sports Center
  • M-Future Construction Co. Ltd. – Demolition of previous structures
  • Maneayar – temporary facilities – Walkways
  • Blueprint Engineering Services – Temporary Facilities – Electrical
  • HTCT (High Tech Concrete (Technology) Co. Ltd.) – Donation of various materials

Construction Updates

July 2016

Our next significant milestone will be completing the concrete decking; however, the interior walls have commenced in the Tower 1 portion of the building and are quickly going up.

Thursday (July 7) DAWN Construction placed the last steel structural beam for our Phase 1 Building.

June 2016

ISY celebrated a Topping Out Ceremony to symbolize the last piece of steel added to the Phase I foundation of development. Every member of the daily ISY community was invited to sign their name to the last beam which will be placed in its appropriate spot to finalize the foundation.

Many thanks of hard work and dedication were offered to the DAWN Construction crew. All members of the campus were present to applaud the progress.


May 2016 Updates...Look at us Grow!





April 21 Presentation to the Community



April 2016

March 2016

  • Current construction schedule is on-track and the estimated completion in December 2016 remains valid.
  • Upcoming activities for March and April will be:
    • Ongoing structural steel erection activities
    • Complete excavation along rear of Phase 1 building slab
    • Plumbing and construction of IC’s (Inspection Chambers)
    • Topping up along retaining wall


September 2016

October 2016

November 2016


Renderings

Classroom 1





Classroom 2






Art Room






Art Gallery




Weight Room


Gymnasium





Swimming Pool





Health Clinic

Floor Plans

Basement Floor Plan. Click the image below to see a larger rendering.

Floor 1 Plan. Click the image below to see a larger rendering.


Floor 2 Plan. Click the image below to see a larger rendering.





Floor 3 Plan. Click the image below to see a larger rendering.

Floor 4 Plan. Click the image below to see a larger rendering.


Floor 5 Plan. Click the image below to see a larger rendering.


Floor 6 Plan. Click the image below to see a larger rendering.



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ISY depends on the generosity of our families and friends of the school to provide the additional funding necessary to support enhancements for the school outside of our designated operating budget. Your gift will truly make a tangible and lasting impact.

There are many ways to support the ongoing work of our exceptional teachers and students at ISY. We invite you to consider what supporting The International School Yangon means to you and your family.

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FAQs


  • What benefits will the community reap from the expansion?

The ISY community celebrated 60 years of Chinthe Pride in 2015. We look forward to moving into the future with a state-of-the-art buildings completed in Phases 1, 2 and 3 of our project. Building the Foundation for our Future is a commitment that we feel is of primary importance; a large part of that commitment is to establish a campus that will be here for years to come.

The expansion of our campus allows the ISY legacy to thrive; thereby creating space for our current and future community members to learn, grow and mingle together in a premier educational environment.

A mandatory element of the architectural design is that it will add to, not subtract from, the existing open and recreational spaces on campus. This is being accomplished through a combination of more thoughtful and efficient design of building footprints, increased building height, and the integration of functional rooftops.

Throughout the three phases of development, the outdoor green and play space (courtyards, playing fields, pool deck and covered courts) will nearly double from 35,000 square feet to 66,800 square feet. Indoor air-conditioned common facilities (double gymnasium, cafeteria, multipurpose room, student lounge, etc.) will triple from 6,300 square feet to 18,800 square feet. Outdoor covered corridors, play areas, conversational pits, meeting spaces, student lockers, etc. blossoms from 2,000 square feet to 60,000 square feet. The design also features a 25 meter (half Olympic size) swimming pool.

  • What is the scope of work for Phase 1?

The Phase I Project consists of the completion of the Science, Arts and Sports Center of the ISY Campus, providing facilities, services, and programs designed to enhance the campus life experience for students and other members of the campus community. The project completion offers a wide variety of activities, programs, and services including, but not limited to, social and educational events for students, meeting and event facilities (for students, faculty, and staff), student organization and work spaces, a swimming pool, weight room, health clinic, gallery and state of the art science labs.

Construction of the Phase I Science, Arts and Sports Center is scheduled to conclude in December 2016. There were less than 500 students at the time of planning this project, along with approximately 50 co-curricular and classroom activities. There are currently 700 students at ISY, and students are involved in over 100 co-curricular and classroom activities.

  • When will students be able to move in to the new building?

The goal is to have the Phase 1 buildings fully completed for occupancy by January 1, 2017. As with any construction project, many decisions, variances, and contractual obstacles may alter this exact date. We are very pleased to announce that Phase 1 is on track for completion on the target date, and we anxiously await the grand opening.

  • Are there any additional funds needed to complete Phase 1?

Yes. We invite anyone who is interested in supporting this project to contact the ISY Director of Development for more information. To make a donation, please visit our support page by clicking here.

  • I heard Phase 1 is expensive. Is it?

Third-party quantity survey services were engaged (RHLB Myanmar) to review our general contractor’s estimated pricing and their findings confirmed that the contractor’s pricing practices reflected local market values.

Considering the engineering design, referenced International Building Code Standards, safety design, quality materials and methods we are confident that our investment in Building the Foundation for Our Future is worth the cost and effort.

  • When complete, will we add more students to our campus?

We take pride in being a small family here at ISY. Our intent for constructing buildings on campus is not to increase our population, but instead, to provide state-of-the-art facilities for our current community. Of course, ISY has new openings each year for new students-- spaces that are created from current students moving on to other locations. We hope our new facilities will continue to attract applicants in the future who wish to join our community.

  • When will we move students from ECIC back to the Main Campus?

We intend to move the early childhood students back to the main campus when construction is completed.

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