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Officials, contractors discuss Buffalo Elementary renovations

By Ali Schmitz, Staff Writer
SAM OWENS | Putnam Review
Plans to renovate parts of Buffalo Elementary School in Putnam County are moving forward. The school will get new windows, a new ceiling in the cafeteria, changes to the front facade and a new secure entry system as part of the renovations.

Plans for renovations at Buffalo Elementary School are moving forward after a mandatory pre-bid hearing at the school Wednesday, March 29.

Representatives from nine general contracting businesses attended the pre-bid hearing, according to sign-in sheets at the meeting.

The bid hearing will be held at 1:30 p.m. April 13 at the Putnam County Schools office in Winfield.

Representatives who attended the hearing are not required to bid on the project.

The renovations include new windows for the entire building, a new ceiling near the school’s cafeteria, a change to the building’s front facade and a new secure entry system.

Most of the construction would take place over the school’s summer break.

An alternate bid includes heating, ventilation and air-conditioning work in the rear of the school, including the school’s dining room.

One representative at the meeting expressed some concern about the project, because of costs related to possible asbestos abatement due to the age of the building. The original Buffalo Elementary building was built in 1953. There have been multiple additions to the building.

Officials said they will provide school’s asbestos report to contractors prior to the bid. They said because there isn’t a high chance for asbestos exposure, mainly because the project won’t require much ceiling work, but there is always a possibility that asbestos will need to be removed.

Charleston-based Williamson Shriver Architects are in charge of the project. They’ve worked with Putnam County Schools on multiple construction projects in the past, including construction of Buffalo High School and Confidence Elementary School.

The estimated project cost is $676,822, according to the School Building Authority. The SBA is providing $336,468 to the project.

The renovations come after a failed plan in 2013 to create a joint school for Buffalo and Leon Elementary in Mason County.

Reach Ali Schmitz at, 304-348-4843 or follow @SchmitzMedia on Twitter.


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