Wednesday, June 20, 2018 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews
Featured image: The Proviso West High School indoor track could be completely replaced before the start of the next indoor track and field season. | Runnerspace.com
The indoor track at Proviso West High School, 4701 Harrison St. in Hillside, could get a complete overhaul soon.
During a regular board meeting in May, Todd Drafall, Proviso Township High Schools District 209’s outgoing chief financial officer, said that the track at West’s indoor field house needs more than $99,000 worth of repairs.
He said that it makes more sense for the district to spend money to completely replace the track, which could cost an estimated $650,000.
“Recently, the IHSA officials noted the condition in some areas of the track as dangerous and in need of repair,” district officials noted in a memo.
“Overall, the track is in poor condition and is about the end of its life. The repair costs are estimated at $99,000,” officials explained. “We believe more repairs would be needed in the next two years above that amount. A complete replacement of the track is estimated at $650,000. Repair is not an economical option at this point.”
In response to suggestions to increase the size of the field house, district officials said that “an increase is not warranted.”
“The size is extremely adequate for both the educational and the athletic needs of the District. If the District was to consider building, the cost to increase the size of the facility would be approximately $5 million,” officials stated.
“An addition is not being considered in any master facility plan concept,” they added, “therefore, the District can move forward with this investment without risk of facility changes.”
Drafall said that the district will work with representatives with Perkins and Will, the architectural firm that was hired last year to carry out the master facilities plan, to “review and create bid documents to update the West Field House which includes track replacement and any other updates as needed.”
Officials stated that, while the district doesn’t necessarily need Perkins and Will to go out to bid, the proposed replacement project is “a large undertaking which will include a review of the facility, painting, and any other adjustments to layout.”
The project “will be the first with Perkins and Will, allowing the District an opportunity to work with the architects on a capital project prior to starting larger projects.”
District officials said that they will create bid specifications to bring to the board at a future meeting.
They explained that the goal is for the new track to be installed before the upcoming indoor track and field season for Proviso East and West. Funding for the work would come from the district’s capital fund. VFP
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