Concord health and wellness center clears hurdle

DUNLAP — Concord School Board passed a resolution to move forward with a $5 million building project at the high school.

The school board approved the measure Thursday morning following a public hearing during which nobody spoke. The action calls for plans to construct a 15,000-square-foot health and wellness center at the south end of the high school near the existing pool.

The project will be overseen by Barton Coe Vilamaa, an architectural and engineering firm based in Fort Wayne.

The addition will be both a cardio and weight room area used to support the school’s physical education department and athletic teams, according to Nate Koets, the district’s director of facilities.

“We also intend to do some remodeling to our athletic end of the building down at the end of the high school,” he said in previous reports. “We will be replacing flooring and looking at new bleachers at one of our alternate gyms to make it a little more conducive for competition.”

With the project estimate quoted at $5 million, Koets said $3 million to $3.5 million will pay for construction costs and another $1.5 million to $2 million will pay for furnishings and additional remodeling work.

The board also granted permission to advertise for bids on the project.

As for the projected timeline, Koets said the bidding process for the center is expected to begin in late July with construction scheduled for late August or early September. His hope is to have the center completed by fall of 2019.

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