The Estherville Lincoln Central Board of Education Monday heard an initial programming and budget presentation on the proposed Demoney Elementary addition.
Mark Allen of Shive-Hattery Architecture and Engineering said his firm had wanted to look at how much existing square footage could be kept as is, how much could be renovated and how much new construction would be needed. He also outlined a construction schedule:
n Pre-design report - Aug. 25.
n Schematic development - Sept. 30.
n Design development - Nov. 6.
n Construction development - Dec. 19.
n Bidding and negotiations - Jan. 30, 2015.
n Construction administration - Aug. 1, 2016.
Allen has reviewed the facilities and interviewed staff to determine building needs.
"Structurally, the exterior of Demoney is in great shape," said Allen.
He then identified three options:
n What everyone wanted as a best-case scenario, with 96,000 square feet total and 51,000 of that new construction.
n Building to the identical square-foot use the district has now, or 81,000 square feet with 36,000 new construction.
n Building toward a more economical option, with 52,500 square feet including 17,000 of renovated space, 7,500 partially renovated and 28,000 new construction.
Allen recommended the district start asbestos abatement as soon as possible.
The most expensive option would include completely renovating the old Demoney building except for the early childhood area and with 1,200-square-foot classrooms.
The second option would include a smaller gym and classrooms and the least expensive option would have 835-square-foot classrooms with areas of partial renovation.
"Even going with the least expensive option is going to be a tremendous improvement of where you're at," Allen said.
He said the district could probably get bids by the end of January. Construction would take 18 months with the project completed August 2016.
After Allen's presentation, the board approved taking the project to the schematic phase with Shive-Hattery.