Lyons Township High School will be getting a major face lift with $22.5 million in renovation projects approved Feb. 18.
The School Board authorized a $20.1 million general obligation bond issue in January to be repaid over the next decade. Another $2 million from the school’s operations and maintenance fund and a $680,000 construction contingency fund also will be used to finance a broad range of projects.
At the north campus for upperclassmen in La Grange, the Reber Center is slated for a major overhaul, including the heating and air-conditioning system to reduce noise. The cafeteria will be expanded and renovated, and locker rooms will be upgraded.
At the south campus in Western Springs, the tennis courts will be reconstructed and the main entrance reconfigured to improve security. A portion of the roof also will be replaced.
Eight science labs at both campuses will be renovated.
The board agreed to defer indefinitely a $1.2 million project to install artificial turf at the West Field for soccer, west of the north campus on Cossitt Avenue.
The board reviewed bid proposals that came in higher than expected Jan. 14 and determined some of the additional costs were warranted to achieve desired outcomes. For example, an extra $900,000 was required to replace and relocate an HVAC unit above the Reber Center to cut down on background noise in the performing arts center.
Costs were cut on some other projects, which were either scaled back or bids came in better than anticipated. For example, the tennis court can be renovated at a cost of $637,854, instead of $850,000. The south campus roof bid of $2 million came in $136,700 lower than expected.
Many of the renovation projects will be done by Henry Brothers Construction, based in Hickory Hills, at a cost of $18.2 million.
Board members requested formalizing the $1.3 million fee in writing for engineering and architect services proposed by DLA Architects Ltd., Itasca. The firm drew the plans for the renovations and developed bid specifications for the work.