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December 12, 2012

City schools' capital project on schedule

Tonawanda News — After months of waiting, the City of Tonawanda School District has received necessary feedback from the State Department of Education on architectural drawings related to the district’s upcoming capital improvement project.

After viewing the materials, the body also made recommendations.

The long holdup was expected, so the project remains on schedule, according to Brian Brady, of Wendel, the architectural firm working on the project. 

Wendel representatives will now respond to the state’s requests with a formal addendum, before the state will then review that document and respond with a permit for the project. 

The state’s response and permit doesn’t deal with the funding of the project, which was approved in the public vote last spring. 

”We expect to have a permit by the first week in January,” Brady said. 

A request for bids for construction of the project will then go out and will likely be due back by the end of January.

”We will time the receipt of those bids to align with your meetings,” Brady said. “We will then review the low bidder’s qualifications and make our recommendation to the board.” 

A contractor must be approved before work can begin in the spring.

The field and track are scheduled to be complete sometime in mid-August and the music wing, a more complicated structure, is slated for September or October.

At a board meeting last month, project director Peter Buckley, of Pike Co., said the final budget estimate came in about $129,000 over the original figure of $11.9 million. 

But after it goes out to bid, Buckley believes that the project will come in about 10 percent below that estimate.

Buckley also told the board at Tuesday’s regular meeting that a final walkthrough and approval of the new roof at Mullen Elementary has been complete. 

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