An architect for projects in the Bettendorf Community School District presented a $43 million list of possible upgrades to Bettendorf School Board members on Monday.
During the meeting at the Ray Stensvad Board Room, Jeff Sandberg, Legat Architects, Moline, and Jeff Michels, Estes Construction, Davenport, gave construction presentations.
Michels spoke about the new Grant Wood Elementary School project while Sandberg presented a proposal to upgrade all the district's facilities for $43.8 million.
"This is what the community has wanted for a few years now," board member Andrew Champion said to Sandberg, terming the proposal "very presentable."
Tim Perkins, Bettendorf's board treasurer, noted some of the costs may be lower. "As I look at these projects, we can do some of them," he said.
Sandberg described the proposal as a "pretty conservative estimate."
At the high school, the board is already looking at upgrading the heating, ventilation and air conditioning, or HVAC, system that dates from 1974.
In addition, the priority list includes a new wrestling room, auxiliary gym and fitness center, and well as renovating the existing pool for a total of $9.8 million.
At Middle School, there are more HVAC needs, as well as science room upgrades, a new science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM room, and music room.
Elementary school needs include secure entrances, gym renovations and kitchen and gym additions.
Regarding the $16.7 million Grant Wood project, Michels said the timing of bid packages led to a construction slowdown of about 45 days during the summer.
"That was our biggest hiccup," he said.
But now, the last 20 bid packages have been approved and the plan is to have the school completed next summer. Doors will be ready to open with the start of the 2018-19 year, he said.
Work continues on the school's footings and foundation walls, and that will continue into next week. The construction will center in the area of the new gym, and fan out to the east and to the west, Michels said.