Tonawanda News

February 1, 2014

Work under way on THS music wing

By Jessica Bagley
The Tonawanda News

Tonawanda News — Construction on the music rooms in Tonawanda’s Middle and High school facility is under  way as part of the district’s nearly $12 million capital project, district officials said.

The construction started on Jan. 15 — right on time. 

“They’re doing some demolition in both the choral and band room,” Gloria Ciminelli, a project manager with Pike Co., said. “Then they’ll start the interior framing ... and the electrical and plumbing work will be completed. Then the drywall will be the next step.” 

Workers did find asbestos hidden in the walls, but Ciminelli said the problem was an easy fix and has not delayed the project at all. 

“They already had some asbestos work that was going to take place, so they worked it right into that,” she said. 

Earlier in January, the Tonawanda City School District’s board held a special meeting to approve the bids for the project to ensure construction began on schedule. The bids were under budget. 

The renovations are set to be complete at the end of June.  The district originally planned to complete additions at the school for the two rooms, but the bids for that portion of the project came in more than $600,000 over budget.

The board then decided to renovate the two rooms instead of completing the expansion. The work will include raising the roof of the band room and expanding the width of the choral room to provide more space and better acoustics.

But change in plans meant the project’s architectural firm, Wendel, had to go back to the drawing board and prepare an addendum for state Department of Education approval. The addition was initially set to be complete in November.

Contractors will also complete electrical wiring work during school breaks in the next five months. The first portion of the project — the new football field — was complete at the start of the academic year.

Music classes are being held in the school auditorium while the renovations are completed.

Contact reporter Jessica Bagley at 693-1000 ext. 4150, or follow her on Twitter @JessicaLBagley.