The Blaine school board has approved the selection of John Stewart Architects as the architect for the science building modernization and special education remodel projects.
Addressing the board at its regular March meeting March 26, facilities supervisor Jim Kenoyer told members that the selection committee had wanted to take a fresh look at local architects, adding, “I was hoping a new firm would present a new approach and I would go, ‘Wow!’”
The decision to recommend Stewart was predicated on the firm’s design work for the district since 2008, Kenoyer said.
“Continuity is important,” he told the board.
Commissioner Charles Gibson commended Kenoyer and the selection committee for the thoroughness of their review process.
“We don’t want a good old boy approach taken,” he added.
Kenoyer also told the board that he expected the projects being undertaken this summer would come in at budget given that the district had received very competitive bids as well as grants in support of the work.
“All three projects will be completed by the end of the summer,” he said.