September 3, 2014

School expansion presented

Max board advances proposal

By STU MERRY

Officials at Max got a close-up look this past week at what is being proposed in a school expansion/remodel project.

Todd Mitzel with ICON Architectural Group presented a master plan concept to board members at their regular monthly meeting. The ICON plan includes new construction, major remodel, minor remodel and mechanical/electrical upgrades.

The projected cost estimate is approximately $7.8 million. That estimate does not include a parking expansion/resurfacing portion, which Mitzel said would be about another $700,000. A greenhouse would be in the $200,000 vicinity.

The proposal is still flexible, including, what Mitzel said, is "everything."

"It’s still flexible," he said, saying it’s a place to start.

The initial plan includes pavement replacement and expansion of the parking lot. Included in the proposal is a green house and bus barn – something that has been discussed and on the board’s wish list for some time.

Mitzel said setting a strategy is important. He told the board now is a good time to act with favorable interest rates. "The sooner we get this out for bids the better," he said.

Mitzel asked the board to get a feel of what the public thinks.

Board President Dennis Erickson liked what was presented. "We are showing what we really need," he said.


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