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Progress Slow, Steady On Bronxville HS Auditorium

Where the auditorium was when the Bronxville Board of Education had to bring in a second contractor. Photo Credit: Contributed
The Bronxville High School auditorium construction is set to finish during the summer. Photo Credit: Zak Failla
There has been rapid progress at the auditorium in Bronxville. Photo Credit: Zak Failla
An artist's rendering of the completed Bronxville High School auditorium. Photo Credit: Contributed

BRONXVILLE, N.Y. – After being forced to halt construction to hire a new contractor, work has been rapidly completed on the new Bronxville High School auditorium.

In January , the Bronxville Board of Education was forced to slow down on the project – which was originally scheduled to be completed last month. With a new contractor in place, steel supports, the makings of a second-level viewing section and sheet rock throughout the auditorium has been installed.

When the Board was forced to end their relationship with Kenstar Construction, more than half of the project had been completed. The project, which has been in the making more than two years, is now slated to be open by the beginning of the academic year in September under the eyes of officials from International Fidelity.

According to the board, the agreement with International Fidelity, “defines the scope of costs and schedule, calling for the completion of the auditorium proper by the end of May. The agreement further stipulates that construction fencing and trailers will be removed from the site by the middle of June and that the lobby will be substantially completed no later than the end of July.”

Last year, the State Education Department approved a $10 million renovation on the school’s antiquated auditorium and science labs, marking the first overhaul since the 1960s.

The Bronxville Board of Education approved the borrowing of $5 million through a bond referendum to support the $10 million project in May 2012. Another $2 million will come from a construction reserve the district created in 2011. The final $3 million is coming from the Bronxville PTA, the Bronxville School Foundation and other private donors.

As part of the $10 million project, contractors will also renovate the science labs, with demolition set to begin over the summer while students are on break. Despite the delays on construction in the auditorium, the labs are still expected to be open and operational by the time the academic year starts in September.

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