As community members, staff members and students continue to work together on the design for the six new or renovated school buildings, construction is about to begin on the Tremont athletic fields, which is the first step in the complex process of making room to rebuild Upper Arlington High School.
Tremont Athletic Complex
Later this spring, work will begin on the Tremont athletic fields on the district-owned land behind Tremont Elementary School adjacent to Northam Park. The project will build a turf field, softball and baseball diamonds, and a support structure while also addressing stormwater drainage issues on that land — currently grass fields used by junior varsity sports.
“We plan to begin construction after spring lacrosse season ends,” said Chief Operating Officer Chris Potts. “We expect to have the turf field completed by August for the start of the fall sports season. The softball and baseball diamonds will follow, with an expected completion for the start of the spring 2019 sports season.”
The $1.8 million project is part of the $230 million bond issue that Upper Arlington voters approved in November 2017 to implement the first phase of the community’s master plan. MSA Sport is designing the fields, and the district is in the process of selecting a construction firm for the project.
Beyond its use as transitional and permanent athletic space for high school field sports such as soccer, lacrosse and field hockey, the Tremont athletic fields will also be an additional recreational space for residents, Superintendent Paul Imhoff said.
“We plan to maintain the park-like setting and want this to be a place our community can enjoy when not in use by the athletic teams.”
School building designs
Thanks to the work of hundreds of community, staff and student volunteers, the expansive process of creating initial interior and exterior designs for a new high school and five new or renovated elementary schools is progressing on schedule.
“Staying on schedule is key to ensuring we get the most value out of our community’s investment,” said Treasurer/CFO Andrew Geistfeld. “I’ve been impressed with the teams’ dedication as well as their attention to the details.”
The initial site and building plans are being created using input by the Building Steering Committees and feedback from the Community Building Teams.
All residents are encouraged to share their thoughts on these initial designs by attending the next Community Building Team meeting in May. The evening session will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 8 in the cafeteria of Upper Arlington High School, 1650 Ridgeview Road. The morning session will be held at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, May 9 at Mountview Christian Church, 2140 Fishinger Road.
“It’s crucial that we hear from as many community members, staff members and students as possible so we can take all of that feedback and refine the designs,” Imhoff said.
“We also encourage you to mark your calendars for this summer’s community meeting — with sessions in the morning and evening of Monday, July 9. You can look for a postcard with more details arriving in June.”
With the design process for the six new or renovated buildings progressing on schedule, construction on the high school site is expected to begin in December 2018 on a new Marv Moorehead Stadium. Work on a new high school building as well as four new or renovated elementary schools (Greensview, Wickliffe, Barrington and Tremont) will begin in spring 2019. Windermere will follow approximately a year later.
The Board of Education has approved Ruscilli Construction Company as the construction manager at risk (CMR) for the high school project. Pending board approval, the CMRs for the elementary projects will be Gilbane Building Company for the Barrington, Wickliffe and Windermere projects and Elford Inc. for Greensview and Tremont.
“These buildings will truly be a reflection of the work of our community and all of the volunteers who have been part of this historic process,” Imhoff said.
For more information on the design process and a detailed estimated timeline for construction, please visit www.uaschools.org/facilities.