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Proposed Lakeridge stadium redesign could save $350,000-$450,000


Community raises $90,000 to build new fence, entryway

Photo Credit: SUBMITTED RENDERING: WAYNE CHIN - This rendering of the project includes many of the potential improvements that could be done to the Lakeridge High stadium. It features the cantilever design, rather than the potential front post design that the board looked at Wednesday.The cost of the controversial Lakeridge High stadium project could be cut by hundreds of thousands of dollars, school board members were told Wednesday, and a community fundraising effort could mean that part of the project will be done this summer after all.

District staff presented to the board new strategies to pare down the overall cost of the stadium by as much as $350,000 to $450,000, incorporating suggestions from the volunteer Value Engineering Group. The board also gave the go-ahead for construction to begin on a fence and entryway after learning that community supporters had raised $90,000 to pay for the improvements.

The volunteer group, which includes the stadium’s architect, was formed to identify ways to cut expenses after estimates put the total cost of the project at $2.4 million, said Stuart Ketzler, executive director of finance for the school district. The project’s price tag sparked public outcry, but the volunteer group identified potential changes to the design that wouldn’t involve sacrificing any of its core elements: additional seating to accommodate 600 people, a cover over 1,000 seats and a new press box. The stadium currently has permanent seating for 1,200 spectators.Photo Credit: REVIEW FILE PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - The Lakeridge stadium seating currently is uncovered, and additional seating comes in the form of temporary bleachers.

“Overall, we’re very pleased with the work from the volunteer group,” Ketzler said.

Board members asked staff to hit on a more precise figure for the project if it were designed according to the group’s suggestions. They wanted a sense of costs before beginning design work and to set a goal for the fundraising campaign.

“I really think fundraising works well when you have a number,” said Patti Zebrowksi, a school board member.

But first, staff needs to decide if the redesign is even feasible.

The biggest dollar saver would involve switching from a cantilever design to a front-post design for the stadium cover. (A cantilever is a beam that holds up one end of the stadium cover and allows the other end to jut out without supporting posts at the far end.) Officials will need to assess how front columns would affect underground electrical elements and water and sewer lines, affecting the placement of the footings for the columns, Ketzler said.

“The exact location of some of those underground utilities constrain where you would be able to put foundation-type elements,” he said.

Other possible changes include redesigning the storm drain system and reducing the scope of alterations to the electrical system.

There also was discussion of performing construction during the winter, which possibly could save $60,000 to $100,000, though it may not be possible to do some of the work in the rainy season, Ketzler said.

Lakeridge Principal Jennifer Schiele said the Pacers would be willing to hold games at Lake Oswego High School if it makes it easier to do lower-cost work during the school year.

Meanwhile, the board gave the go-ahead Wednesday for a community-funded fence and entryway to be constructed at the school this summer. The new entryway would become the main entrance to the stadium and baseball field at Lakeridge.

“We decided to create the entrance because that’s a way to create buzz and create excitement about the project,” Schiele said.

Earlier this year, the board challenged the Lakeridge community to prove its commitment by raising $500,000 for the stadium project. Supporters also had to raise funds for any features beyond the base project, including the fence and entryway. The board is considering a couple of ways to pay for the project, including putting it on a construction bond and contributing about $1 million in Construction Excise Tax revenue.

The board also asked the community and district staff to find ways to lower costs, which is why the Value Engineering Group was formed.

Any design changes likely would require district staff to resubmit the project plan to the city’s Development Review Commission, Ketzler said in his staff report. Some design work has already been done, with more than $200,000 going to engineering and architectural fees. That work could help inform this design effort.

A redesign would take about a couple of months, but Ketzler said it was too early to estimate the additional cost of proposed changes. And the board hasn’t given the necessary nod for staff to pursue the new design work anyway.

“Ideally, those fee estimates would come at a time when we would actually be intending to have the redesign work undertaken,” he said.

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