Tonawanda News — “There is no question you can get a terrific band and choral room,” Buckley said.
Project managers and the board turned to renovations — instead of the initial expansion plans — after those bids came in more than $500,000 over budget. Architects will now complete three-dimensional designs of the renovations, which will include raising the roof of the band room and expanding the width of the choral room.
“Our acoustical consultant is confident that will improve the acoustics and meet the requests,” Buckley said.
The board also awarded contracts for the general construction, plumbing, mechanical and electrical work for the construction of the football stadium. In total, those bids came in 15 percent lower than expected.
With those savings, and those from not expanding the music rooms, the board must now decided how to spend an extra $1 million that has been allocated for the project. Those extra funds will likely go to technology or security improvements.
The board also approved a $119,000 contract for the construction of a maintenance and storage building near the field. The original estimate for the building was $140,000 and although some board members questioned the necessity of the building, Buckley strongly suggested the board approve it.
“It came in under budget, and the equipment has to go somewhere,” he said. “It’s expensive, and it’s going to last a lot longer if it is protected.” Contact reporter Jessica Bagley at 693-1000, ext. 4150