Byrneville Elementary Hires Architect To ‘Pre-Design’ New Building

April 26, 2018

The Byrneville Elementary School Board of Directors voted Wednesday to hire a local architectural firm to take the first big step toward the construction of a new building.

Sam Marshall Architects will provide pre-design services for the proposed additions and modifications, including a 10 or 12 classroom addition, a new cafetorium and perhaps the conversion of the existing cafetorium into a library and an upgrade to the air conditioning system. The services will include preparing educational specifications required by state standards.

The company will meet with the school to set goals and hold a followup meeting to present the final report. The final report is expected to take about two months to complete and will include anticipated costs for the overall project.

Sam Marshall Architects will charge $4,000 for educational specifications, $3,000 for food service specifications and $2,000 for the statement on anticipated construction costs.

Local educational projects completed by Sam Marshall Architects include the new Ernest Ward Middle School, Northview High School and  Bellview Middle School.

The board received one other proposal from Bullock Tice Associates for $12,500.

Wednesday’s vote does not commit the charter school to actually build the facility – that will take additional steps including the arrangement of financing and a final design.

The largest building on the current Byrneville campus was build in 1941 and contains five classrooms, plus offices and a cafeteria. Several classrooms and the school library are located in old wooden portable buildings.

Pictured top: Byrneville Elementary Principa lDee Wolfe-Sullivan and board members Melanie Killam, Brandy Carter, Jeremy Hawsey, Cheryl Boutwell and Chris Hawkins review proposal for architectural services Wednesday afternoon. Pictured below: The current main building at Byrneville Elementary was constructed in 1941. photos, click to enlarge.


One Response to “Byrneville Elementary Hires Architect To ‘Pre-Design’ New Building”

  1. Oversight on April 26th, 2018 7:51 am

    I hope the contract will address security issues. This is a truth and reality we live with today because it is not the 1940’s when the original school was built.

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