Tonawanda News — The new drawings detail a raising of the band room’s roof.
“Back in the 50s, 60s and 70s, floor plans were only based on the number of students,” he said. “But what we have learned since then about acoustics is that a certain amount of volume is needed to absorb sound.”
Per the drawings, the height of the band room will be increased from nine feet to 18 feet, Brady said.
“It is a big, spacious room with great acoustics,” he said.
Brady said the choral room’s ceiling was not an issue, but that the small size of the room caused echoing. A modest width increase has been planned.
The board must now decide on what acoustic materials they prefer for the rooms. Brady is hoping to complete the designs and final engineering work within two months. The altered plans will then be sent to the state Department of Education for a brief review, which will likely take about two weeks. Then construction can begin.
The board must also decide how to use $1 million allocated for technology and security improvements. Wendel presented the board with a list of priority projects Tuesday.
The total cost of all six projects amounts to a little less than $1 million, so the board could choose to implement them all. Two of the projects are infrastructure improvements to cabling and data switch technologies that make the rest of the endeavors, including swipe-card access doors and security cameras, possible.Contact reporter Jessica Bagley at 693-1000 ext. 4150, or follow her on Twitter at @JessicaLBagley