Progress continues on district’s specialized multiuse building that is part of a larger, future “sports complex” design for the high school. We are hopeful of having a “grand opening” in early March! The building will have: 30 yards of turf surface, restrooms, custodial closet, small meeting rooms, a small office area, an ice machine, retractable batting and swing cages, portable track lanes and small exercise equipment. The building was designed to support storage needs and will serve as a viable option for the relocation of the weight room if needed. The interior of the building has been designed to allow for the addition of a second floor to support future storage and meeting room needs.
Mr. Hatfield and Mr. Stenberg are working on establishing community use times and general building use hours. Access to the building will be governed by the district’s Facilities Use Policy. General use rules will be posted and enforced. The building is not designed to be used by physical education classes. The smaller “meeting rooms” are designated for softball and baseball use first.
As of January 19, 2018, the district has issued less than $300,000 in payments for this building. We expect another $150,000 – $175,000 of billing will be needed to complete the project. The majority of the funding has been supported through the district’s Physical Plant and Educational Levy (PPEL) fund. The district is working with Moxie Solar in an effort to reduce energy costs. It appears that in-kind donations coupled with direct donations could be valued at over $200,000!
The following companies have provided time, project design, bid support, classroom time, donations (cash and in-kind), trade specific skill work and mentoring support: Hills Bank, Lowes, Mr. Nick Ford and Mr. Greg Fowler of Woodruff Construction, Mr. Brian Boelk and HBK Architects, West Branch Boosters, Mr. Chris Jones and Chris Jones Trucking, Mr. Chris Bower and Bower Drywall, Walsh Door and Hardware, Randall Electric, S&S Plumbing and Heating, Soper Concrete Construction, Eastern Iowa Builders, Wessling Construction, River Products, Lynch’s Excavating, Gilcrest Jewett Lumber, Co., Suburban Lumber, Croell Redi-Mix, Moxie Solar, Arctic Insultation, Sherwin Williams, Struxture Architects, Alliant Energy, Oasis Electric, Robertson Construction, Duwa’s Quality Walls, Schafbuch Concrete and Foundations, Ci3 Control Installations, Liberty Communications, Barnhart’s Custom Service (early excavation support), Kiefer USA, NGE Nets (Roland, IA) and QC Nets (Wheatland, IA). If we’ve missed anyone, please let us know. We want to be sure to add you and your company to the “thank you” signage that will be prominently displayed at the facility.
We also want to thank our students who helped design and build the facility. Special thanks to: Mr. Robertson (and Mrs. Culver) and our great Architect, Construction and Engineering (ACE) students: Devin Alberhasky, Jacob Barnhart, Kolten Bentley, Harold Blakey, Adam Boyd, Jack Buol, Kelby Burger, Dylan Butler, Davin Camacho, Dominic Culver, Brady Edge, Tyler Ellyson, Mitchell Gilbaugh-Szumita, Marcus Gould, Jacob Graves, Gabe Harpole, Morgan Hartz, Josh Heilmann, Gavin Hierseman, Jarrett Holbert, Levi Kleinmeyer, Sam Marcy, John Pagels, Patrick Pepper, Jack Robertson, Brandon Rodrick, Kaleb Sexton, Joe Seydel, Hanna Tisinger, Zach Wright. Special thanks to Tim Rouse, Durant’s ACE instructor and his students as well! Again, if we missed anyone, let us know!)
Mr. Hatfield and the WBCSD Board of Education!