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High school stadium projects make progress

Board members discuss a $1.5M estimate for Lakeridge and give kudos to a $600K donation for LOHS

by: VERN UYETAKE - Lakeridge High School could have a canopy to shelter people who attend outdoor games.Plans are in the works to upgrade Lakeridge and Lake Oswego high schools’ stadiums next year.

The Lake Oswego School Board at its Monday meeting approved a bid of $489,000 for the LOHS project, which involves replacing the stadium roof and installing a bigger press box. Also at the meeting, district and Lakeridge administrators presented cost and design information on the Lakeridge stadium project, which includes building a cover over existing seating and adding more seating and fencing. During crowded events, some attendees must stand.

Board member John Wendland said the estimated cost of $1.5 million for the Lakeridge project was higher than an initial estimate of $1 million that he recalled hearing earlier in the year. Wendland said he’s worried community members may object to the price tag, saying something like: “We’re cutting teachers when we’re putting in something to cover our heads, and we have umbrellas in our closets.”

Lakeridge Principal Jennifer Schiele said the initial estimate was $1.25 million.

School District Facility Operations Director Rob Dreier said the latest dollar estimate is tentative.

“This design is still being fleshed out, and so we don’t have a final number on it,” Dreier said.

Board Chairwoman Patti Zebrowski suggested looking into ways to build the project gradually to keep costs incremental. The project is to be paid for with construction excise tax revenue and donations.by:  VERN UYETAKE - Lake Oswego High School is getting a new roof and press box at its stadium.

Local parent Mark Bachman said he and other community members agree that the roof in the design should cover all of the seats and not just the ones in the middle. He said he’s heard the roof is being kept about the same size as the LOHS stadium canopy in the spirit of parity.

“Why should you accept this idea that parity is now measured in square footage?” he said.

Bachman added that the wall behind the seats, which has a gap in the rendering, should be solid.

Dreier said the rendering is a little dated, and the plan has evolved to include a solid wall. He also said the board could eventually add more roofing.

The goal is to finish construction in September 2014. A neighborhood meeting is set for at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 9 in the Lakeridge High library, 1235 Overlook Drive, which will allow the public a chance to comment on the design. District officials plan to submit the project application to the city for approval on Dec. 18, and the hope is that the city will give the application a thumbs-up in January, Dreier said.

Stadium seating is temporary on the visitors’ side of the field to the north, rented on a per-event basis. It will remain temporary because that area is too close to a setback, a cushion of space, between the school and a residential area for a permanent structure.

The LOHS stadium upgrade is slated for completion in March 2014 at the request of the donor, Charley Cobb, who has said he will donate $600,000 to the project as long as it is done this winter. The board approved the lowest bid for the project, $489,000 as the base bid for the construction. Cobb’s donation also will pay for the permits and architect fees.

“I love Mr. Cobb,” board member Bob Barman said. “I want to name the stadium Cobb Stadium.”

Jillian Daley can be reached at jdaley@lakeoswegoreview.com and 503-636-1281, ext. 109. Follow her on Twitter, @JillianDaley.

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