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March 11, 2014

MVTHS eyes redesigned gym

MT. VERNON — Mt. Vernon Township High School officials took an in-depth look at the redesigned athletic complex for the new high school at a special school board meeting Monday night.

That same evening, the MVTHS Board of Education received a status report on the ongoing redesign of the new school, a project consultants say is still on schedule to be completed by July 7.

“Everything’s tracking well,” said Timothy Kwiatkowski, vice president of FGM Architects. “I think we’re making very good progress on getting it all together.”

As it stands now, the athletic complex is made up of a main gym and auxiliary gym, and is a single story instead of two.

The main gym has a total seating capacity of more than 1,800, which includes roughly 600 chair seats and the rest being traditional bleachers. The auxiliary gym can seat about 500 people.

When the bleachers are retracted, the main gym will have two full basketball courts. The auxiliary gym will have one court.

In December, the initial construction bids for the new school came in at more than $6 million over-budget. This prompted MVTHS to approve major scope changes to the project to reduce costs.

FGM is now in the midst of a redesign, after which most of the project’s construction will be rebid.

The new school’s construction plans do not currently include a theater or football field in the base bid amount. Even so, these items will be returned to the plans if enough funding is available after rebidding.

In addition to the new gym facility, MVTHS Board members Monday also examined the cafeteria and theater spaces in the new school.

The cafeteria will seat 510 people while the theater,

if it can be built, has 640 seats.

Also on Monday, the board approved construction contracts for the three work categories not being rebid — earthwork, asphalt and ceramic tile.

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