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Athletic field renovations at Huntley High nearly done

Published: Monday, June 10, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, June 10, 2013 11:22 a.m. CDT

HUNTLEY – The District 158 board will intensify planning for the interior expansion of its ongoing renovation to Huntley High School, after members recently put the final touches on construction to the school’s athletic fields.

Construction crews already have started excavating the football field as they inch closer to installing a new synthetic turf along the field, which was the first priority in the district’s multimillion-dollar renovation to the 17-year-old high school.

They now will begin work on the soccer and baseball fields, after a shorthanded board unanimously approved in a special meeting late last week the final construction bid to the school’s athletic fields.

The majority of the $557,700 bid goes to Midwest Golf Development Inc. in a quirky move that had some board members wondering whether the Marengo golf company could handle work for other athletic fields.

“Obviously, we are not installing a golf course,” board President Don Drzal said. “Is it pretty common for golf architects to do this type of work for non-golf courses?”

Architects from Wold Architects and Engineer, the company tasked with overseeing the design of the entire renovation project, assured the board that Midwest Golf Development has ample expertise with other athletic fields.

The Marengo company will do excavation and landscape work for the school’s soccer fields and football practice fields.

Other work included in the bid involves the installation of fencing around the baseball field and an irrigation system for the baseball and soccer fields.

Doug Renkosik, the district’s director of operations and maintenance, also informed the board that construction on the fields is progressing nicely, barring some unforeseen, but minor, change orders that will be covered by the exterior project’s $3.64 million budget.

Officials have expected construction on the fields to conclude by the time school starts in August. In the meantime, the board will begin planning discussions on the high school’s interior that would reconfigure hallways and classroom space.

The renovation is needed to accommodate the 3,000 students who are expected to roam the halls by 2019, district officials have said.

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