Construction begins on LC HS

By Geoff Lee

November 19, 2015 12:05 PM

Craftex Construction completed the steel structure of a new field house addition at the Lloydminster Comprehensive High School.

Construction is well underway on a $900,000 field house at Lloydminster Comprehensive High School with the structural steel in place.
“Hopefully we’ll have it closed in within the next month or so,” said Lloydminster Public School Division director Todd Robinson.
The project is a cooperative effort between LPSD and the Barons Football Alumni to provide adequate change facilities for home and visiting football and other sports teams.
Most of the money is coming from capital reserves that the LPSD board tucked away for facility needs in the system, with a small contribution from the football alumni.
“Good on the board to be prepared and have the money to do that,” said Robinson, noting the school was built in 1968.
“Basically what the field house is going to address is a real need for some proper change rooms and access to washrooms from outside the building.”
It will also create an ability to accommodate many of the outdoor athletic events that are hosted at Armstrong Field.
Plans for the field house include space for home and visiting team change rooms, a room for coaches and mens and women washrooms with showers.
“This has been a project that has been in the works for a number of years,” said Robinson, who noted the Barons alumni has been actively fundraising through a charity golf tournament for three years.
He said the project came from recognition that within Lloyd Comp there is really inadequate facilities for teams to change and get ready for their games.
It’s specially important for football said Robinson, especially when you have 50 big guys on the team.
Currently, the Barons have a small change area above the gym that Robinson describes as being old, antiquated and not having much ventilation.
Visiting football teams have had to change in classrooms which creates some challenges for the school.
“Access through the school for full grown men with football gear and cleats causes some issues with flooring and facilities,” said Robinson.
“This is going to be a real nice addition to what we have and people are going to have a great change facility. They will be able to access to it right from the parking lot by the edge of the field.”
The field house is being built by Craftex Construction at the southeast corner of the school.
“In the past, if we had a track and field day or any sort of community football game we had to open up the whole school so people could have access to washroom facilities,” said Robinson.
“Going forward that will be accommodate at the field house.”
It will also provide external access to male and female washrooms.
LPSD is targeting a completion date by the end of March in time for the next season of track and field and football and other school and community teams.
Robinson tips his hat to the Barons alumni as a valued project partner that has sold rights to name individual stalls.
“So alumni Football stars have all sponsored an individual stall which is a really cool tradition piece we’ve been able to weld into the project,” said Robinson.
“The community has been very quick to snap those up. It will be neat to walk through memory lane when you walk through the change room.”
He noted football coach Aaron Harper and his players are excited about it.
“It’s a much needed upgrade for our football team and a chance to give them a really quality facility. We’re proud of the work our kids do and proud of the work our coaches do,” said Robinson.
Other capital spending projects are also in the works for Lloyd Comp.
“We are hopefully going to be doing some other work around Lloyd Comp that will be starting in the spring. When we get closer to the date we will have more specifics around that,” said Robinson.
LPSD has also moved some portable classrooms from the old Martin Browne school site to Jack Kemp Community School to deal with some of the growth on the Saskatchewan side.
“We are in the process of building a vestibule that connects the portable to the school,” said Robinson
That project is expected to wrap up by the end of January.

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