Heritage Hills stadium to get $1.8M facelift


LINCOLN CITY — Fans of the Heritage Hills High School Patriot football team will notice big changes at their team’s stadium just in time for the 2018 season kickoff.

An overhaul estimated to cost $1.8 million will bring additional home-side bleachers, an upgraded main entryway and ticket booths to the facility by Aug. 1 of next year. A new press box, increased ADA accessibility, new sidewalks, fencing and lighting are also included in the project’s scope.

The North Spencer School Board approved advertising for project bids at its monthly meeting Monday night. Corporation superintendent Dan Scherry said prior to the approval that the time is right for the project and it is needed.

“Our home bleachers are not sufficient for our crowd,” Scherry said. “If you come to a game, we’ve got a lot of folks that are standing. We’ve needed to update our lights, our infrastructure.”

He added: “Things just aligned. Financially, it’s the right time to do it.”

Per a timeline presented by Angela Burton of The Stenftenagel Group, the project will be let for bids on Jan 5. Bids will be opened on Feb. 6 and the contract is slated to be awarded in late February. Burton said the goal is for construction to begin in March.

The bleacher expansion project will add an additional 900 seats to the stadium and a 10-by-48 foot press box — with a filming deck — to the top of the expanded seats. (The stadium currently has 950 seats.) Possible alternates include a platform roof for the press box filming deck and a visitor ticket booth.

The project was first discussed a year ago and tabled until a time that would be financially viable for the corporation. That discussion surfaced again at a board meeting in late-September. The funding for the project will come from several sources, including a portion of the $2 million in bonds appropriated to future renovations last December, money from a Heritage Hills Middle School refinancing, the corporation’s capital projects fund and money leftover from the high school’s west side addition.

“We don’t like to borrow money, so we want to keep our tax rate kind of steady,” Scherry said. “When we have these opportunities where we have a chance to upgrade and renovate facilities without raising our tax rate, that’s kind of when the optimum time is.”

While the official cost won’t be determined until after the bidding process, early estimates by Schmidt Associates and the Stenftenagel Group suggest the bleachers alone will cost about $573,000. The general contractor bid is estimated to be an additional $815,000, and that price includes the cost of demolition, electric and concrete installation, and construction of the other parts of the project. The cost of building an ADA ramp is estimated to be an additional $100,000, and Burton’s presentation estimated the price of the facility’s new fencing, paving and drainage to be about $70,000. The alternatives could then round out the project’s budget.

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