Tonawanda News

The City

May 15, 2013

Tonawanda school capital project on pace

Tonawanda News — Capital project managers told the City of Tonawanda school board at the body’s regular meeting Tuesday night that the construction of the district’s new football stadium is on schedule.

Contractors have begun underground electrical work and are installing the stone base for the field, as well as a drain and a new road. 

“That’s the roundabout where there will be drop-offs for sports,” Superintendent James Newton said. 

Gloria Ciminelli, of Pike Co., one of the companies overseeing the project, said the workers did encounter a brief setback after they incorrectly installed part of the drain. 

“We got them to take it out and put it back in,” she said. “So we are watching the quality of the work.”

The extra cost for the installation of the drain will come out of the contractor’s pockets, Ciminelli said. 

Brian Brady, of architectural firm Wendel, which is also overseeing the project, provided an update on the plans to renovate the choral and band rooms. The district originally planned to complete additions for the two rooms, but the bids for that portion of the project came in more than $600,000 over budget.

Brady then advised the board to revise its plans and approve renovating the rooms, instead — which would result in a dramatic cost savings. The board and the school’s music teachers agreed.

The renovations will include raising the roof of the band room and expanding the width of the choral room to provide more space and better acoustics. 

Brady said Tuesday that they have forwarded their plans to Pike Co., which will provide an estimate on the cost of the renovations by Monday. Thanks to the savings, the board will likely have about an extra $1 million to spend on technology and security improvements. 

“We will schedule a meeting between staff and our technology expert,” Brady said. “They can talk about what can be accomplished.” 

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