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Board previews bleachers; approves turf bid

By B. Adam Burke
Solon Economist
SOLON– Shive-Hattery Architecture and Engineering made its Outdoor Events Center (OEC) schematic design presentation to the Solon school board on Monday, Dec. 5.
The design stage will allow the district to sign off on basic design elements before the architects move ahead with specific design elements, said John Fitch, Shive-Hattery’s civil engineer for the project.
Fitch and architect Andy Iverson unveiled their preliminary designs for a concession plaza behind the stands, elevated press box on the home side and connecting parking lot that extends the lot behind the high school to the new field. The design had an added 37 parking spots that administration said might become staff spots outside of game time. Iverson noted the home concessions design had some glass block to allow for natural light.
“You did a nice job of capturing a functional facility,” Superintendent Sam Miller told the design team.
The board is still undecided on the team room buildings. The design for a stand-alone home team room has an official’s room, coaches’ office and a storage room that is approximately 20 by 20 feet for track high jump standards (cushions) and football gear. The price is yet to be determined.
If built, the visitor’s team room will be connected to the visitor side concession stand. Both team rooms will be bid as alternates for future expansion or optional construction projects.
The rest of the project includes the home side bleachers and press box, parking lot, artificial turf playing surface, ticket booths, visitor’s concessions and some landscaping.
The parking lot, home team room building and visitors team room will be bid as alternate, optional structures so the district can find a donor or other creative financing, or postpone for future construction.
The home side concessions design showed a flat roof and board president Dave Asprey and board member Dean Martin expressed concern about a leaking roof. Miller said he had talked to representatives of Linn-Mar High School and one of their problems had been birds inside the stadium buildings.
Further discussion at the work session focused on game officials having a place to change and take breaks during halftime periods.
Shive-Hattery’s designers will also develop the parking lot plan further to take into account the board’s concerns for the stadium’s sidewalk and traffic flow during events.
Fitch said if the board could sign off on the schematic design they presented this week, the next check-in would be Jan. 9 for a 75 percent design review.
The high school’s future auditorium building and expansion were referenced during the meeting to remind the architects and board about the secondary school’s eventual campus footprint.
All of the Outdoor Events Center buildings will be made of concrete block, non-insulated, three-season structures with metal roofing. The press box will be pre-fabricated off-site and hoisted onto columns.
Ticket booths and entry for games will be at the southeast and northwest corners of the field.
Discus and shot put spaces also received some attention from the board and staff.
Lianne Westcot asked about the high school band section for football games. Activities Director Keith McSweeney said Band Director Desmond Cervantez said the band would play from a bleacher section in the end zone.
The board voted Monday, Dec. 12, to approve the field’s artificial turf. The bid was $639,500 which was below previous estimates for the playing surface. Sideline lettering was left off of the field colors, but the center logo will depict the team’s orange helmet logo.