Skaneateles BOE approves scope of capital building project

$22.7 million project will go to public vote in June

The least expensive option was to do the minimum reconstruction work to satisfy safety requirements, which had an estimated cost of $1.17 million. Or it could have paid $2.31 million to rehabilitate the existing structure and reconstruct the locker rooms.

However, trying to repair the existing structure was regarded as risky by the board, because without tearing down the building or investing in additional exploratory testing, it is uncertain what it would take to fix it.

The board also had the choice to tear down the gym and replace it with one of the same size (estimated to cost $3.85 million), a slightly larger gym ($5.1 million) or a 14,592 square-foot one ($5.48 million).

The board elected to go to with the largest option which will have room for a 94-foot basketball court, bleachers that will hold up to 300 people and new public bathrooms as well as a new design for the locker rooms.

The board was especially encouraged to go forward with the biggest gym option after hearing public support on the matter.

Auditorium work

The bond includes $1.29 million for work on the high school auditorium, a number that the district brought in more consultants to verify. In addition to the estimate prepared by the project architect Michael Harris, the district received an estimate from Peter Scheu, of Scheu Consulting Services a firm specializing in theater work. Though Scheu’s estimate was the same as Harris’, it gave recommendations on additions such as a wireless microphone system and a movable acoustic shell for the stage.

The work to be done to the auditorium includes: wall acoustical treatments, production sound system, video projection, an intercom system, wireless microphones, lighting replacements, curtain replacements, catwalk safety upgrades, aisle carpet runners with lighting and stage extension.

Other projects

The original project proposal put before the board included 471,000 to build a new grandstand and press box for the football field.

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