The Edmond Sun

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August 7, 2012

Boulevard Academy to undergo restoration

EDMOND — Reeder General Contractors was awarded the $3.36 million Boulevard Academy Renovation Contract at the Edmond School Board’s Monday night meeting in a 5-0 vote.

Fifteen firms were plan holders with 11 firms bidding, said Bret Towne, associate superintendent of building operations.

“Bids were competitive and within budget to recommend all alternates,” Towne said, “Reeder General Contractors was the lowest bid.”

Towne added Reeder is just finishing the Operations Maintenance Center and has done a commendable job on the construction.

Reeder Construction just finished a $600 million restoration program in Ft. Worth’s school district where they restored buildings built from the 1920s to the 1970s, Towne said.

Boulevard Academy was built in 1924, and was the first Edmond High School. The first building was 44,000 square feet and cost $85,000 to construct.

Boulevard Academy is an alternative school for students who have not succeeded in regular school programs, or who may need extra encouragement or help to stay in school. Offerings at the school include education and counseling for Indian students.

What is now Boulevard Academy has served multiple functions over the years, Towne said.

“It was Edmond’s only high school until what is now Central Middle School was built in 1956,” Towne said. “At one time it served as an administration building, a mid high school and a grade level school for elementary students, and in the early 1960s it was a satellite kitchen. All the food for the district’s schools was cooked there and shipped out to each of the schools.”

Towne added with the exception of Old North Tower and other buildings on the University of Central Oklahoma’s campus, the building is the second oldest free-standing building in Edmond with the Territorial School House on Second Street the oldest.

Renovation will include tearing down an old building to the north of the school and converting some spaces to offices.

An elevator will be added and every system in the building will be gutted and replaced. New windows and doors will replace existing ones, restrooms will be expanded, two science classrooms and labs will be added among the renovation.

“We will be doing some restorative work on the outside by replacing mortar that is missing between the brickwork,” Towne said. Parking lots on both sides of the building are being renovated also.

“I am excited to think we will be extending the life of the building for another 100 years,” he added.

Boulevard Academy students will be meeting on Memorial High School’s campus in the Star building along with 10 portable classrooms, said Boulevard principal Mark Andrus.

With the completion date set for August 2013, Andrus said, “I am very pleased the Edmond patrons passed the bond issue.”

In other business, board members voted 5-0 to award bids for Angie Debo and Washington Irving elementary schools’ Early Childhood additions to Crossland Construction in the amount of $3,370,500; and Centennial Elementary School fifth-grade pod to Ben Hayes Construction in the amount of $1,218,907.

“The additions at both Angie Debo and Washington Irving will replace portables that are being used on site at this time,” Towne said. | 341-2121, ext. 171

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