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May 28, 2014

Capital project behind schedule

Tonawanda News — Construction on Tonawanda Middle/High School band room is behind schedule due to this year’s rainy spring, project managers said Tuesday.

The work includes raising the roof of the room to provide for better acoustics, but the contractors need three rain-free days in a row to complete the next step of the project.

“We’ve had 11 rain days since we opened up the roof, so we’re 11 days behind,” Gloria Ciminelli, of Pike Co., told the school board at the body’s regular meeting Tuesday. “The weather just did not cooperate with our schedule.”

The construction was set to be complete by the end of June, and board members were hoping that the work would be done before graduation. Ciminelli said workers will likely be able to make up for most of the delay.

“We’ll be going into the first week of July at the latest,” she said.

The improvements are part of the district’s nearly $12 million capital project that included the building of the school’s new football stadium and track.

The district originally planned to complete additions for the band and choral 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. 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.

Although the band room work is delayed, construction in the choral room is 99 percent complete, Dave Seiflein, of Pike Co., said. Sound panels have been installed in the room and students have been using the room.

“Everybody seems to like the area,” Seiflein said.

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