The Natrona County School District Board of Trustees approved a $52,568 bid from Hastings+Chivetta Architects, Inc. to design a new swimming pool for Natrona County High School.
The school board approved up to $75,000 from the district’s capital construction fund to pay for the conceptual designs.
“NCHS was the first high school in the state to have a swimming pool, but now it is the only 4A school without a swimming pool,” Trustee Kevin Christopherson said during the meeting.
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The district also received a $56,700 bid from GSG/Counsilman-Hunsaker to provide the swimming pool design.
The Infrastructure Planning Committee reviewed the proposals and recommended the trustees accept the Hastings+Chivetta bid because of the firm’s portfolio and ability to design and engineer the swimming pool and building that will house it.
The Infrastructure Planning Committee’s memo to the school board also says the design can be completed within 2-3 months and listed the lower bid as reasons why they thought the school board should accept Hastings+Chivetta’s bid.
“A pool is not just about swim teams,” Trustee Clark Jensen said. “Every kid should be safe in the water.”
Trustees Kianna Smith and Angela Coleman voted against approving the bid. They asked questions about why previous designs could not be used for the pool project.