Crestwood To Embark On Construction

The Crestwood School Board has initiated the first step in plans to renovate its auditorium and to construct a fieldhouse facility next to its athletic fields. In a unanimous vote, the board moved Jan. 19 to hire Quad 3, a Wilkes-Barre firm, as architect for the project, which is estimated to cost between $400,000 and $500,000 and to be paid out of the district’s capital projects fund.

The high school’s auditorium has remained unchanged since it was built in the 1970’s and a full renovation is planned, including asbestos abatement, new flooring, energy-efficient lighting, and upgraded seating, as well as the installation of a modern sound system.

The new, two-story field house will include public restrooms, showers, locker rooms, and a concession stand area on the first floor, with offices on the upper level and a large community room for public meetings.

The renovations and new construction are to happen slowly in stages with the renovations occurring first. No start date has been scheduled and, board members noted, the project is still in the early planning phase.

Last month, the board decided to hire, for $23,395 also paid from the capital projects fund, Hunt Engineers, a firm from Towanda, to conduct a three-month evaluation of the school’s buildings, to help the district decide what renovations should be a priority and what may need improvement in the future.

The first part of that project includes an inspection of the schools that entails data collection on the buildings, followed by a written report that specialists will create, outlining their recommendations for