SMITHVILLE – The Smithville School Board has approved approximately $ 8.6 million for the construction of the Smithville Activity Center.
According to Robert Hedgecorth, executive director of support services, the offers were under budget and the district has set aside contingency funds of about $ 331,000.
The expected inauguration is expected to take place next month.
Hedgecorth said the district was relying on DLR Group, the architects, and JE Dunn Construction, the construction manager, for their expertise on the project. About 26 companies submitted bids for various aspects of work ranging from concrete and steel to paint, flooring and fencing.
“The building is expected to be closed by October of this year, which will help resolve weather issues in late fall and winter,” he said. “Completion of the building is scheduled for May 2022.”
Hedgecorth said the building master plan, which began in 2019 with help from DLR, the community, students and staff, has shaped the direction of recent improvements.
“This needs assessment was done in every building,” he said. “In high school, we need more space in the gymnasium. We can’t even really have assemblies. Then there is the need for accessibility.
The new building will help make the weight room more accessible with classes drawing more than half of the high school population, he said.
“The extra space would also allow our wrestling teams to all train in one place,” Hedgecorth said. “This gymnasium was originally built in 1969. With the addition of girl wrestling, we need some space to use.”
Hedgecorth added that the new facility will provide changing rooms for visiting teams, who currently use a track storage hangar.
“It is very insufficient, but we will help those who come for soccer, football and athletics,” he said. “It’s even quite close to the softball field.
The center will also have a concession stand. The two-story facility will have a lower level furnished with the weight room, lockers, training rooms and coaches’ offices. The upper level will have wrestling mats, more coaching desks, washrooms and a concession.
There will be a dedicated walkway between the facade of the high school and the new building.
“For those concerned about the Warrior Courtyard, the S will return past this facility,” Hedgecorth said.
Adding Eagle Heights
In other update news, the addition of six classes at Eagle Heights Elementary will be completed by the end of June.
The need for six additional classrooms was identified during the initial construction of the school. Construction will be completed in time for the 2021-22 school year, Hedgecorth said, and will cost around $ 3.4 million.
“Warrior Preschool will also go to school,” he said, “really emphasizing the need for space.”
Resurfacing of the playground
The theme of last year’s bond issue was fairness, affordability and safety, Hedgecorth said. To meet this, the playgrounds are also being redone to meet ADA requirements. Completion of this project is scheduled for August of this year.