The Woodward News

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June 15, 2013

School board hires BWA Architects

Woodward, Okla. — While the actual size of a bond issue proposal for the Woodward School District is still being determined, there is an architectural firm on board to go along with the already-hired construction manager Joe D. Hall.

The Woodward Board of Education voted on Thursday night to hire BWA Architects for "architectural services on proposed future construction contracts."

Superintendent Tim Merchant said the district is planning to file for a bond election in August with an election date of Oct. 8. Over the next couple of months the schools long-range planning committee will finalize the projects and the amount that will be asked for in the bond issue.

BWA Architects is out of Norman and has a long history of work on educational projects.

Principal Architect Clarence Williams said BWA has worked on some 2,500 school projects in Oklahoma and North Texas.

The company has a presence in Northwest Oklahoma as it is doing the school bond project in Shattuck and will be architect on Sharon-Mutual's upcoming construction and renovations.

BWA was also the architect on Fort Supply's new gym and has done protects in Burlington and other schools in this part of the state.

The company has worked often with Joe D. Hall. Williams estimated his firm has or is working on some 15 projects with the constrctuion manager.

Company officials said it would develop a website and video to market and promote a bond issue.

The 3 board members present, Roxy Merklin, Doris Ames and Dr. Don Dale, decided on a firm after hearing presentations from BWA and Architects In Partnership, which did the Woodward County Jail and is the architect for the upcoming Woodward County Fairgrounds renovation project.

Both presentations included additions and renovations to all of the school sites except the nearly new Early Childhood Center.

Board members also approved the FFA Officers trip to leadership camp during the special meeting.

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