The Wayland Board of Education Monday night decided to proceed as planned with the already started bond project work that was approved by voters last May.
Board members were visited by representatives from Triangle Construction and Tower Pinskter Architects to review some of the work that has already begun for the $49.7 million project and to listen to an explanation about what went wrong with Tower Pinkster’s handling of the new Otsego pool.
Mike Galavan, project manager, told the board all about what he called “bumps in the road.” He said he took full responsibility for Otsego severing ties ties with the architectural firm and insisted he is determined to make certain misunderstandings do not happen again.
Tower Pinkster is one of the largest architectural firms in Michigan that does business with school districts and their bond projects.
School board members essentially said they were satisfied with Galavan’s explanation and agreed to proceed as planned.
Supt. Tim Reeves said he was pleased that Galavan was “transparent and direct” in his presentation. Galavan said work is just being started on designing the pool and he estimated it would take between 23 and 24 months for the work after the design has been completed.
Meanwhile, Scott Jernberg from Triangle Construction told the board work on the roof at the high school has begun already, with about 60 percent of it done. He added that next on the list will be the roof over the newly created music and auto shop classrooms, but before that curb and gutter tasks in the high school parking lot will be performed.
One of the most anticipated projects ahead will be the drainage work and water mitigation at the soccer field, which has been getting a lot of complaints about flooding. Jernberg said the goal is to have the soccer field ready by next fall.
But the biggest and most expensive part of the bond project easily will be the expansion of the high school to accommodate installation of a new swimming pool to replace the aging and functionally challenged site.
Board President Dan Cassini said, “This is not a six-month deal to just dig a hole throw some water in and say we’re done.”
Estimates have the completion date set for early 2027.
Galavan told the board, “We custom design all our projects and that takes time.”
Cassini said, “It’s exciting to see this start to come together.”