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UPDATE New Viking Stadium Approved, to Open for 2010 Season
Ed. Note: We fixed a link error that sent reader's to Ferguson Construction of Ohio...links are fixed to send to our local Ferguson Construction in Seattle.
The Lake Stevens School District Board of Directors unanimously approved final expenditures and chose a bid for the renovation of Lake Stevens Stadium at its Sept. 9 meeting. The new stadium will be ready for the 2010 football season.
Demolition of the current stadium will occur directly following the last home game of 2009. The new stadium will expand existing seating while adding on-site home and visitor locker rooms under the stands.
Other additions include an on site training room, a new press box, a laundry room, additional parking, increased security and -wait for it - a new scoreboard. Further, the new stadium will be technologically equipped for internet access.
The voter-approved $4.8 million project will be funded by existing funds raised in the 2005 construction bond that paid for, among other things, the construction of Cavelero Mid High, the renovation of Hillcrest, Mt. Pilchuck and Sunnycrest elementaries, and the renovation of the high school commons.
The approved bid was awarded to Ferguson Construction of Seattle, a 61-year-old company with extensive stadium experience. Further, the project will be overseen by a project supervisor with two sons that attend the LSSD (Sunshine's dad!!!). Here's a look at Ferguson's portfolio - mainly focusing on big box retail and production/distribution facilities. Lots of local work with Costco. Nice!
The renovation of the stadium will conclude a nearly $7 million two-phase renovation that began with the installation of the $1.2 million FieldTurf in the summer of 2005.
District officials said that the renovation of the stadium was saved for last in order to insure that the other projects could be completed on time and on budget.
Because of the savings accrued through proper management of the school renovation projects, the district was able to add additional features to the stadium renovation that were not listed in the original bond, including the addition of the on site locker rooms, training facility and the scoreboard replacement.