The Rockford School Board tonight approved upgrades to the field house under construction at Auburn High School that will enhance the structure’s durability and make it more energy efficient.
The board approved initial work on the field house in July, which included vinyl composition tile flooring and fluorescent lighting. Because that bid came in under what was initially budgeted, the board agreed to upgrade the building specifications to include energy efficient LED lighting for about $117,700, and terrazzo/quartz flooring for $133,177. Total upgrades approved tonight are about $250,878.
Making such investments on the front end of construction will improve the look and feel of the field house, and also contribute to its durability for a better investment of taxpayers’ money, said Chief Operations Officer Todd Schmidt. Field houses in the works at Guilford and East high schools will include these upgrades from the get-go, so additional upgrades to the plans will not be needed.
The 100,000 square-foot field house at Auburn will contain physical education stations, eight new classrooms, a 200-meter track, four basketball/volleyball courts and multipurpose space for RPS academic and athletic programs.
The project was initially estimated at $15.4 million and awarded to Stenstrom General Contractor for nearly $13.1 million. The project is funded, in part, by a successful $139 million bond referendum voters approved in November 2012.