STONE CASTLE REJUVENATION PROJECT: STONE CASTLE REJUVENATION PROJECT Stone Castle History (dates are approximate): Stone Castle History (dates are approximate) 1934 – construction began using funds approved by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) 1936 – Construction completed in the fall Tennessee High School, Virginia High School, Slater High School, Douglass High School, and King College originally all called the Stone Castle home. 1970 – Steel light posts installed; new two-story pressbox constructed; cinder track was asphalted 1980 – Control of the stadium was transferred from the city to the Board of Education Stone Castle History (dates are approximate): Stone Castle History (dates are approximate) 1990 – End zone bleachers removed (safety hazard); structural work done on home side 1994 – Wooden seats removed; visitors pressbox removed; concrete roof and rail added to home pressbox 1995 – track and fencing removed to allow for a full-sized soccer field 1996 – Current composite seating installed; current wooden gate at vehicle entrance installed Strategic Plan: Strategic Plan Beginning in January 2010, more than one hundred twenty parents, students, community members, and employees participated in the overall planning process to develop strategies and action plans that would help guide decisions made for BTCS in the future. The Strategic Plan was approved by the BTCS School Board in August 2010. One of the steps included in one of the approved strategies was to “Identify the outdoor facility needs of BTCS through a consultant”, leading to a facilities study. Facilities Study: Facilities Study Initial meeting was held in December 2010 where a consultant was hired to perform the study The results from the study were as follows… Recommendations were made to utilize the Central site as greenspace for future VMS, THS, and community needs. Recommendations were made regarding the construction of home softball fields for the Tennessee High Girl's Softball team, location now to be at the renovated Rotary Field. Recommendations were made to pursue the installation of a synthetic surface in the Stone Castle to increase utilization of the field by THS and other users. Synthetic Surface : Synthetic Surface The recommendations made to pursue the installation of a synthetic surface in the Stone Castle to increase utilization of the field by THS and other users were based on the following… Field is currently used by the following athletic teams Fall - THS Varsity Football – games only Fall - THS Junior Varsity Football – games only Fall - THS Freshmen Football – games only Fall - THS Girls Soccer – games only Fall - VMS 8 th Grade Football – games only Fall - VMS 7 th Grade Football – games only Spring - THS Boys Soccer – games only Fall - Band practice – once per week Junior Viking Football – once per week Synthetic Surface : Synthetic Surface The recommendations made to pursue the installation of artificial turf in the Stone Castle to increase utilization of the field by THS and other users were based on the following (continued)… All activities taking place within the Stone Castle are weather-dependent except for THS Varsity Football. Therefore, cancellations/postponements are common due to weather. Field is only utilized approximately 45 days per year, and only in the afternoons/evenings. A synthetic surface will allow the Stone Castle to by used 365 days per year throughout the day by multiple stakeholders. It is not used during the school day. City Council/School Board contributions: City Council/School Board contributions February 2011 - Both agree to contribute $200,000 towards new synthetic surface in the Stone Castle. The remaining balance must be raised from other resources Reflections of staff members: Reflections of staff members March 2011 – discussions began taking place with synthetic turf manufacturers pertaining to synthetic surface installation. These discussions led to concerns that other areas including structural, ergonomic, ADA, and cosmetic issues need to be addressed prior to the playing surface being installed. This led to discussions with Community Tectonics on these potential concerns. Stone Castle Rejuvenation Committee is formed: Stone Castle Rejuvenation Committee is formed Began meeting in late spring 2011 Consists of alumni, PTSA members, City Personnel, BTCS staff members. Co-chaired by Jim Arnold and Jim Butcher Worked with Community Tectonics to develop preliminary plans and preliminary budget for project Community Tectonics Proposal: Community Tectonics Proposal 1. Synthetic Playing Surface & Drainage System (Athletics, Band, Classroom, & Community) 2. Permeable Paving System (req. by code) a. Inside Stone Castle b. Entry Plaza outside Stone Castle 3. New East End Concessions/Toilets Building a. Expands toilet count from 6 to 20 Community Tectonics Proposal (continued): Community Tectonics Proposal (continued) 4. New West End Concessions/Toilets Building a. Expands toilet count 5 . West End Student Bleachers (550 seats) 6. West End Home Team Dressing Facility beneath new student bleachers, includes team entrance beneath bleachers behind goalpost Community Tectonics Proposal (continued): Community Tectonics Proposal (continued) 7. South Side (Home) Stadium Renovation inside stadium a. Structural repair & coating of bleacher seating b. 670+ chair-backed seats for reserved-seat holders c. New handrails d . New ramps (East and West ends ) e . New handicapped seating f. Enlarging current “players gate ” to allow for easier stadium access g. Enhance the exterior of pressbox h. Update interior of pressbox i. Update current bathrooms Community Tectonics Proposal (continued): Community Tectonics Proposal (continued) 8. North Side (Visitors) Stadium Renovation a. Retaining wall repair at base of stands b. New handrails c. New ramps d. Structural repair & coating of bleacher seating e. New handicapped seating f. Update v isitor team d ressing g. Update storage rooms (3) h. New visiting coaches platform/booth Community Tectonics Proposal (continued): Community Tectonics Proposal (continued) 8. Miscellaneous Improvements a. Demolition to existing concessions/toilets (3 buildings) b. Lawn & Landscaping c. Concrete walks & curbs d. Chain link fencing e. Replace/repair stadium entry doors f. Nets for end zone g. Relocate scoreboard h. Wrought-iron fencing and gates at East and West end entrances i. Conversion of current workshop in plaza area into ADA restrooms and souvenir stand j. New brick screen to “hide” cooling tower Community Tectonics Proposal: Community Tectonics Proposal Next Step…: Next Step… Community Meeting and Facility Tour on Thursday, September 15, 2011. Tour to begin at 6:15 at Weaver Pike entrance Meeting to take place in THS Auditorium at 7:30 Discussion of overall plan Dr. Jay Williams from Virginia Tech will discuss research on athletic field surfaces and Science Hill High School Athletic Director Keith Turner will share his experiences about the addition of turf at Science Hill.