County Commission Set To Approve $23.1 Million East Brainerd Elementary

Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Rendering of new East Brainerd Elementary School
Rendering of new East Brainerd Elementary School

The County Commission next Wednesday is set to approve a new $23.1 million East Brainerd Elementary School.

It is being built at the site of the former David Brainerd School that is now used to house some of the East Brainerd Elementary students.

Gary Waters, assistant superintendent for auxiliary services, said there were some concerns when the bid by Tri-Con was over $2 million less than the next lowest bid.

However, he said Tri-Con performed well in constructing Soddy Elementary School.

He said Tri-Con officials said "they got some very good prices late in the process."

There were six bidders.

It will be a two-story school with about 150,000 square feet of space. It is designed for 1,100 students.

Vance Travis is the architect.

Commissioner Joe Graham said he felt there were not enough spaces in the bathroom and that teachers would be wasting time in the hallway waiting for all their students to use the facilities.

Mr. Waters said he had checked with principals and teachers and had not heard of that being a problem.

The facility will have geothermal heating.

Mr. Waters said Goodwin Road is ahead of schedule being built to a connection with Gunbarrel Road.

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