School District 166 to choose architect for industrial arts expansion

On Thursday, January 23, 2014, the School District 166 school board picked two architects to interview to see who will be selected to design a new industrial arts complex for the school.

The estimated cost to build the 2,500-foot addition onto the existing space is $750,000, with $200,00 of that dedicated to purchasing new equipment and $450,000 dedicated to the construction. The remaining $100,000 will be used to pay architect fees and for any possible overruns in other areas.

The project will be paid for with capital project dollars provided through a Taconite Bonding Bill.

The two firms selected (out of four bids received) are Architectural Resources and Meyer Group. Both are from the Duluth area. Interviews with the firms will be held at the next school board meeting at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts conference room on Thursday, February 6 at 5 p.m.

Superintendent Beth Schwarz said work should begin this spring.