Construction work on a $23 million capital project in the Addison Central School District is expected to begin June 1.
The project was approved by voters in December 2012, and although ground hasn't been broken yet, a lot of planning and preparation has been done "behind the scenes" over the past year, said Addison Superintendent Joe DioGuardi.
Buffalo-based Cannon Designs is the architect, and Rochester-based Campus Construction is the project manager.
Right now, the final designs are being reviewed by the state Education Department, a process expected to be done by late February. After that, the process of seeking and awarding bids for contractors should take from late March to mid-May, DioGuardi said.
As with most any large project, there's been a few snags, he said.
"We're had some interesting happenings that we hope aren't going to delay anything," DioGuardi said.
An archaeological study on land acquired from a nearby farmer to expand the school's athletic complex turned up Native American artifacts, so a team from the University of Buffalo has been removing and preserving them.
Also, an aging natural gas pipeline under the soccer field will have to be dug up, replaced and re-routed, so that's been a side project currently underway with Corning Natural Gas.
The $23 million capital project will include the addition of a new two-story classroom wing along with a new gymnasium/fitness center at the middle/high school campus.
It will allow all the district's middle school students, grades 6-8, to be taught in one location. Although the district shifted to a middle school concept several years ago, the sixth-graders are still attending the two elementary schools.
There will also be upgrades at Tuscarora Elementary School, including new electrical systems, windows, fire alarms, security system and phone system, along with asbestos removal and ventilation work to improve air quality. There will also be upgrades to the gym, including a new floor. Outside, a new drop-off circle for parents will be built, to keep kids away from traffic on the bus loop.
Valley Elementary School will get a new roof and some exterior brick work.
The district's athletic complex off Cleveland Drive behind Tuscarorara Elementary will get a major overhaul, with new soccer, baseball and softball fields, new tennis courts and an eight-lane track. There will also be new parking, lighting and fencing. A course for cross country meets will also be built.
Construction is expected to be finished in the fall of 2015.
Some of the sports teams - including boys and girls soccer, baseball and softball - won't be able to host home games during the 2014-15 school year.
The bulk of the project will be reimbursed with state aid, with the rest coming from reserves. School officials say there will be no tax impact for district residents.
Page 2 of 2 - The project is part of a long-term, multi-phase effort - launched in 2004 - to upgrade Addison's school facilities. A $28 million renovation of the high school preceded the current project.