TEXARKANA, Texas — The Pleasant Grove Independent School District Board of Trustees board of trustees approved a guaranteed maximum price of just over $7 million for a new high school field home project during a Friday meeting.
The $7,071,336 GMP was approved by district project contractor Harrison, Walker and Harper Construction. The field home was listed as one of the projects related to the $39.9 million bond issue passed by voters in May.
“It has been a long process to design this field home to be what is best for our students and faculty,” said Operations Manager Matt Fry. “It will be a multifunctional venue, but it will also be something our community can be proud of. It’s going to be really nice.”
The Feldhaus will include classrooms, boys’ and girls’ locker rooms, sports medicine facilities, coaching rooms and a movie room. Part of the project will be a new Jumbotron video board.
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The new facility and video board will be erected where the current scoreboard is located. The video board will be integrated into the building in such a way that the computer system can be updated in 10 to 15 years without affecting the building’s infrastructure.
The building will have a room for PGTV students to run the video board, which will provide live video with scores and replays.
Fry said the district looked at examples of field homes from a variety of different schools to develop the overall design, including Melissa and Celina ISDs.
“Melissa and Celina are projects that HWH has done, and the architect was able to throw in some examples of things that they’ve done,” Fry said. “And that’s what it takes to make something work when you’re customizing something.”
PGID hopes to start the project within the next month. HWH will begin executing contracts with subcontractors very soon, Fry said.
Cory Wood, vice president of front building at HWH, said the field home should be “one of the finest facilities in Texas.”
In further news from the meeting, the district sworn in a new board member. dr Mary Beth Womack was nominated #1.
Womack replaces Mark Addington, who is retiring after 15 years on the board. The Board of Directors and Superintendent Chad Pirtle honored Addington with a plaque and several other items to recognize his years of service.