Hampton facilities to get upgrades during summer months

Tuesday, July 30, 2019 | 1:13 PM

By Shari Berg

During the summer months, several projects to improve or repair existing facilities will begin district-wide.

As many in the community may have already noticed, Fridley Field is undergoing a bit of a transformation. The existing turf and track are being removed and replaced. Work on this project began June 10, and is expected to be completed by August 9. The drainage and sub-base system beneath the artificial turf will be tested to ensure it is still in working order, so the district may be able to realize savings on the total project cost by only replacing the artificial turf.

Work on the Fridley Field project was awarded to TPK, Inc. in May. Base bid amounts are as follows:

  • Synthetic Turf Replacement – $529,000
  • Synthetic Track Surface Replacement – $444,000
  • Deduction for Combined Bid – ($5,000)

Total cost for both projects is projected to bet $968,000.

For the duration of the work, Fridley Field will be closed to the general public. “We realize this is an inconvenience to the community, as many groups and individuals make frequent use of the facility,” said Mr. Rick Farino, Supervisor of Buildings and Ground. “We appreciate the community’s patience while this important work is completed.”

The roof at Central Elementary School also is slated for replacement this summer. The work was awarded to David M. Maines Associates, Inc. in the amount of $798,391 in June. A Tremco Rehabilitation product in a light gray color will be used for the work. The work is expected to continue through the start of the 2019-2020 School Year.

A number of housekeeping items also are being addressed during the summer months and will be completed by the HTSD Maintenance Department staff members. Items include replacement of carpeting in select areas, painting, furniture replacement, upgrades to lighting, replacement of water coolers, power washing exterior areas of buildings, repairing potholes and landscaping work.

The district also is beginning the early phases of renovations to Hampton High School. To date, a feasibility study was completed by VEBH Architects. VEBH also was hired to complete required materials needed for a PlanCon A submission in early July. PlanCon is the state program that provides partial reimbursement to school districts for capital improvement projects which meet the required criteria. While there is no guarantee the program will be available this year, the District intends to be prepared to enter the approval queue by the anticipated deadline.

In August, the school board will likely consider the hiring of an architect to design the final schematics for the building. Once this phase of the process is initiated – which can last between 12 and 18 months – extensive input from the entire school community will begin. This will include public presentations and feedback sessions open to the general public. To learn more about this project, visit the HTSD website. Information can be found in The Board Report, which is located under District/School Board/The Board Report.

Additionally, the school board approved updates to the Facility Use Fees Schedule at its June 10 meeting. These rates affect outside organizations that wish to rent HTSD facilities. The fee schedule was updated to include a non-phased-in increase for Non-Hampton Class IV users, which are those organizations that are solely for-profit organizations. The annual increases for Classes I-IV will be phased in over three years.

An extensive study of how neighboring school districts assess facility use fees was conducted prior to the recommendation for changing the HTSD fee schedule. “User fees in the District have not been increased since September 1, 2006,” said Mr. Jeff Kline, Director of Administrative Services.

A copy of the updated Facility Use Fees Schedule is available on the district website as part of the June 10, 2019 Board Report document.