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Roundhouse renovation could exceed $7 million

Architect releases preliminary budget figures

September 11, 2012
By ANDREW POTTER - Staff Writer ( , Times-Republican

The highly-anticipated renovation of the Marshalltown High School Roundhouse now has a baseline to move forward.

Joe Benesh, of the architectural firm RDG Planning and Design of Des Moines, updated the Marshalltown School Board Monday on renovation plans for the facility and for the first time gave some cost estimates for the project.

Benesh outlined what the core work needed for the renovation would be and said it has an estimated cost of $7.7 million. He said the core work would bring the Roundhouse up to speed and make it a facility that the community and the students can be proud of.

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The Marshalltown School Board discussed the planning for the future renovation of the Marshalltown High School Roundhouse at its meeting Monday. The estimated cost for the project is $7.7 million.

He then talked about plans for a "wish list" of items including building an auxiliary gym, new music suite and other upgrades, which would cost an additional $13 million.

The local Roundhouse planning and design committee, which features school district and community members, is currently pushing the project forward. It will include both school district funds and money from private donations during a big fundraising push.

"I would say (it's) probably an overdue project," said Gary Shaudt, a community member who is part of the committee.

Superintendent Marvin Wade said details on the financing of the project and a little more information on how it will move forward will be discussed during future board meetings. Board member Larry Schrum wanted the public to know that plans are still preliminary and any talk of exact cost of the work would be premature.

"It is still a work in progress," Schrum said. "This is an informational meeting."

The next regular meeting of the school board will be at 5 p.m. Sept. 24 at district offices.



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