By ERIC SCHAADT
ARCADIA — Two competing architectural firms on Tuesday stated their credentials for designing an addition to the Arcadia school building.
The Arcadia school board wants to add classrooms, while replacing 30-year-old “temporary” modular classrooms.
Kent Buehrer, president of the Buehrer Group in Maumee, estimated the project at $1.5 million.
Construction could start in June and students could be in classrooms at the end of next year.
Bids would be advertised next February and the board could act on the bids in March, according to Buehrer.
“(Hurricanes) Harvey and Irma might have an impact on material costs,” Buehrer told the school board.
His firm would work with the school district to distribute materials informing area residents about the project.
Buehrer Group has done design work with schools in Liberty-Benton, Arlington, McComb and Van Buren.
Jerry Murray, president of RCM Architects in Findlay, pointed to his firm’s long service to the Arcadia district, including an elementary wing constructed in the late 1960s.
RCM also has handled a master building plan for the district and planning of construction of the school’s weight room building.
“We like working with you. We want to continue with you,” Murray told the board.
He noted that his business has been involved in projects at Findlay, Bluffton, Millstream, Owens Community College and the University of Findlay.
The board went into closed executive session late Tuesday to discuss the possible hiring of an architectural firm.