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Fort Wayne Community Schools board approves design contracts for two Phase 2 projects

August 23rd, 2016

By Kevin Kilbane | News - Sentinel

The Fort Wayne Community Schools board of school trustees voted during their meeting Monday night at Grile Administrative Center to approve hiring firms to design renovations and repairs to St. Joseph Central and Glenwood Park elementary schools.

The approvals include $497,500 to Barton, Coe, Vilamaa Architects and Engineers of Fort Wayne for St. Joseph Central, and $300,000 to Viridian Architectural Design of Fort Wayne for Glenwood Park.

Renovations and improvements at the two schools are part of the school district's nearly $130 million Phase 2 basic renewal, restoration and safety projects, which voters approved funding in a referendum in the May primary election.

Because it takes awhile to complete designs for such large projects — and to avoid disrupting students' learning — major construction on the schools probably won't start until summer 2017, said Krista Stockman, FWCS public information officer.

If possible, Stockman said construction crews may do some prep work at the two schools during FWCS' spring break in early April so they can start major renovations and repairs quickly once school ends May 31.