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Work to begin soon on Havasu football stadium

Construction on the new athletic field at Lake Havasu High School is getting closer.

With technology upgrades at the high school completed in December, district officials say several other milestones are about to be reached. Mesa-based Emc2 Group Architects Planners are expected to finish architectural designs for the field improvements within the next few weeks.

When the designs are completed, the district can move forward with the exact scope of increasing Lee Barnes Stadium’s seating capacity, installing a polyurethane track, laying down FieldTurf, building a new concession stand and restrooms, realigning the field and upgrading its lighting.

While there were previous concerns about the type of field the stadium would have, the district’s governing board stressed its desire for FieldTurf, a new generation of artificial turf that provides better athlete protection and cost benefits.

Over a 10-year span, the annual costs for a grass field from use of herbicides, pesticides, re-sodding, water and mowing is estimated at more than $1 million. FieldTurf will cost LHUSD $730,000.

Athletics will receive $5.3 million for improvements to Lee Barnes Stadium, LHHS main baseball and softball fields and maintenance and resurfacing and track improvements at Thunderbolt Middle School.

On Feb. 13, district officials will release the guaranteed maximum price of all improvements scheduled at the high school’s athletic fields.

To pave the way for construction to begin, the district’s general contractor, Phoenix-based Core Construction hosted a meeting at the London Bridge Resort on Dec. 21 that attracted approximately eight sub-contractors, said Michael Murray, LHUSD director of business services.

“As everyone knows this is definitely going to be a focal point of our community,” Murray said. “This meeting was an attempt to bring as much information to local subcontractors and rally support to get them involved in the process.”

Historically, the district has been challenged in attracting local contractors to bid on construction projects.

In November 2016, voters approved a $49 million school bond. Bond issuances will be broken up into three-year chunks – 2017, 2020 and 2023 – and will be spent on improvements in maintenance, transportation, technology and athletics.

by David Louis, Today's News-Herald*
Jan 21, 2018

*used with permission

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