Two weeks after residents complained of water in their basements, construction managers of the Tonawanda City School District capital project told the Board of Education how they’re addressing storm water issues.
“How we build buildings today isn’t much different than we did 40 years ago, but how we handle storm water has changed dramatically,” said Brian Brady of Wendel Duchscherer Architects. “The regulations are extremely stringent. Storm water gets a lot of attention by state [regulators]; it gets a lot of attention by us.”
Construction around the new athletic campus at Tonawanda High/Middle School has impacted residents living on Adam Street, who complained about runoff water at a meeting two weeks ago. Dave Kenyon of Wendel Duchscherer said a silk fence divider has been installed between the construction site and residential area to capture storm water, as well as an oversized pipe and dry pond for surcharge water.
Once the athletic campus and Clint Small Stadium are completed, construction managers are expecting the storm water distribution to be about the same as it was for residents before the renovations – if not improve the situation.
“When we’re done with construction, storm-water runoff has to be equal to or less than it was pre-development conditions,” Kenyon said. “To be a good neighbor and sound designer, you just don’t put water on your neighbor’s yard.”
Construction representatives also presented an update on the rest of the capital project.
The turf of Clint Small Stadium has been laid down, as has the base for the track around the field. Workers have also installed underground plumbing and electric, and the foundations for the bleachers.
Summer work for the project begins next week, when contractors will begin work inside Tonawanda High/Middle School and Riverview Elementary.