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MUNSTER | Architect Dan Szany gave the School Town of Munster board a look recently at the final site plans and drawings for both of the new classroom additions at Eads Elementary School and Munster High.

Szany is president of the Schererville-based architect firm Carras-Szany-Kuhn & Associates. Construction on both projects could begin before the end of the month.

The additions are part of a two-phase facility improvement plan the board approved in August.

The costs for demolishing Eads, currently under way, and the classroom addition were estimated at $2.74 million. Building capacity at Eads will increase to 650 students.

Remodeling the high school's south courtyard into seven classrooms, restrooms and storage was estimated at $2.34 million. Building capacity at the high school would increase to 1,825 students.

The space occupied by the old Eads building will be converted to green space, a feature parents sought several years ago.

A playground along the north side means students will not have to cross the driveway. School buses will enter from Harrison Avenue, Szany said.

The six-classroom wing will be added off the back of the building and there will be a corridor connecting to the addition. The wing will include a computer room.

Also, a teacher's lounge will be built off the end of the building. The current 370-square-foot lounge is in a part of the school not easily expanded. The new space will be twice as big.

The addition will have the same steel frame construction as the new school, which opened in 2003. That means contractors can build the classroom addition during the winter.

Converting the high school's courtyard was the most cost-effective solution because it stayed within the footprint of the existing building where walls and mechanical systems already are in place.

Architectural drawings will be on display in the district's administration center at 8616 Columbia Ave.

Bids for both of the classroom additions were sought last week.

Paperwork will be due back on Nov. 13. Bids will be awarded on Nov. 17 and construction is tentatively scheduled to begin shortly thereafter.

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