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Iowa Valley Auditorium seats chosen


Iowa Valley sixth grader Marissa Ward models the new seat that will be installed in thae high school auditorium as part of the renovation project to take place this summer.

The Iowa Valley Community School District Foundation unveiled the new seats to be installed in the high school auditorium.

The chair, to be purchased from Seating Concepts, was on display at the Foundation’s fundraising dinner held in the high school multi-purpose room Tuesday, April 27.

The Foundation’s goal is to purchase all 575 chairs for the high school auditorium, which will be renovated this summer. The cushioned chairs, which will be 23 inches wide, will replace the 85-year-old wooden seats.

In total, the Foundation hopes to raise $100,000 to $120,000 to purchase the chairs. The Foundation is seeking donors to purchase a chair for $200 a piece. For a gift of $200 or more, the donor’s name will be engraved on a nameplate for the recognition of donors plaque.

There will be an “in memory of” section on the wall plaque.

The Foundation served dinner to approximately 200 people during its fundraiser April 27, and raised nearly $5,000. The Blaine Foundation will match the total raised. The Marengo Kiwanis Club, Marengo Lion’s Club and the Marengo Rotary Club covered the expenses of the fundraiser.

For more information about the Save a Seat fundraiser or to make an online donation, visit the school’s Web site at


The Iowa Valley School Board approved the final plans and the architect’s agreement for the auditorium renovation project April 26.

The school board signed an agreement with Roger Worm, associate principal, OPN Architects, Inc., to serve as the architect for the interior renovations to the existing high school auditorium.

The project includes finishes, upgrades to the mechanical and electrical systems, repair and painting of the gymnasium, infill of exterior openings with brick, renovation of the student dressing rooms and an alternate bid to replace the interior gymnasium doors.

“We are excited to see it come together. By Christmas time it will be a very different space,” said Worm.

The school district will compensate OPN Architects with a base fee of $58,440. A credit of $9,750 applied toward the schematic design phase for previous work.

The estimated building construction cost as of March 2 was $610,895. In addition, the estimated cost to replace three electrical panels is $20,000, plus $3,600 to replace three additional doors in the gym, $18,000 for dressing room renovations and $15,400 to infill the exterior brick openings. The total estimated cost for the building construction is $667,895.

Including the architect’s fee and reimbursable or direct consultant expenses, the total estimated project cost is $735,735.

The school district will use funds from the local option one-cent sales tax levy and the physical plant and equipment levy to pay for the project.

The project will start in June and has a substantial completion date of October.

UPDATED May 6, 2010 11:29 AM

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