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Unified board OKs architect, project manager for Mitchell gym reconstruction

Unified board OKs architect, project manager for Mitchell gym reconstruction

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Mitchell School fire reconstruction

A view of the Mitchell Elementary School's former gym and cafeteria site on Friday, April 25, 2014 shows the structure's concrete footing and the few remaining original materials that have been removed from the site after a fire destroyed the structure in late February. The Racine Unified School Board on Monday will vote on approving agreements with an architect and construction manager for reconstructing the burned-down structure. Plans call for building a two-floor structure on the same space; it will have a cafeteria and multi-purpose room, ADA compliant restrooms on both floors, and an elevator. The project is estimated to cost between $1.8 million and $2.1 million, and is expected to start in May. / Scott Anderson scott.anderson@journaltimes.com Buy this Photo at jtreprints.com

RACINE — The Racine Unified School Board on Monday approved an architect and construction manager to facilitate the reconstruction of Mitchell Elementary School’s fire-damaged combination gymnasium/cafeteria.

During the board’s regular meeting on Monday at Unified’s central office, 3109 Mount Pleasant St., board members unanimously voted to affirm a $98,500 agreement with Partners in Design for architectural services and to approve a $96,390 agreement with Absolute Construction Enterprises for construction management services.

Both of those dollar amounts will be paid by insurance, and insurance should end up covering the majority of the $1.8 million to $2.1 million project.

The project calls for replacing Mitchell’s damaged gymnasium/cafeteria space with a new two-story structure that will have a gymnasium on the second floor and a separate cafeteria/multipurpose room on the first floor.

Construction should start next month and be completed by this fall when school starts.

A fire broke out in Mitchell’s gymnasium on Feb. 27, causing the gymnasium roof to collapse and leaving much of the building, at 2713 Drexel Ave., damaged by fire, smoke and water. Portions of Mitchell Middle School, which is attached to the elementary school and sits at 2701 Drexel Ave., were also damaged.

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