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Why it costs more to remodel than to build a new school

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Goldendale taxpayers are faced with a choice: remodel the high school building, at a cost greater than it would be to build a new high school, or build a new one. It costs more to remodel due in part to the concrete wall construction of the current building, which would require tearing down concrete walls to get to plumbing and electrical systems. With new construction, the state will provide matching funds in the amount of $10.4 million.

In 1974, when the high school was built, the then-current codes were met. Yet if the building is remodeled a piece at a time, then all systems must be brought up to today's code, adding more cost that would increase the price we need to spend by more...

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