New Stadium Approved

For Immediate Release:
July 25, 2016

District, architects and construction advisors will begin value-engineering process to meet budget

JOHNSTON, Iowa – As construction on the new Johnston High School continues to move forward, additional crews will begin work on a newly-approved athletic complex at the new high school site.

At the Monday, July 18 special board meeting, Johnston Board of Education members approved bids for the construction of a new athletic complex, totaling $8.86 million. The scope was expansive and the total cost came in approximately $1 million over budget.

Renderings from the FRK Architects + Engineers show the overall view of the newly-approved Johnston High School athletic complex.

Renderings from the FRK Architects + Engineers show the overall view of the newly-approved Johnston High School athletic complex.

Funding for the athletic complex comes from sales tax dollars and the Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL), as the 2013 bond referendum did not provide for this construction.  Construction projects cannot use funds allocated for teacher salaries, classroom programming, or student learning materials.

To accommodate for the increased cost, the board, district administrators, Stahl Construction project management team, and FRK Architects + Engineers will go through a value engineering process to trim stadium facility costs. Value engineering was also used during the construction of the high school facility to bring the project in line with the budget.

“Going into the athletic complex bidding process, we knew there was a chance certain aspects could come in higher [than the allocated budget],” said Corey Lunn, JCSD Superintendent of Schools. “The metro area is experiencing high demand for construction services and while it’s great for the economy, it drives up the price for projects. We are confident in the value engineering process and the ability of Stahl and FRK to build an outstanding athletic complex within the budget we have set.”

Construction on the new athletic complex will begin immediately; it is slated to be finished by the time the new high school opens in August 2017.

Among the list of items to be considered for value engineering are:

  • Change in scope – design of the buildings, bleachers, paving and retaining walls
  • Change in material – brick, stone and concrete block used on exterior walls
The board, district administrators, Stahl Construction project management team, and FRK Architects + Engineers will start a value-engineering process to trim costs on the stadium price tag to meet budget requirements.

The board, district administrators, Stahl Construction project management team, and FRK Architects + Engineers will start a value-engineering process to trim costs on the stadium price tag to meet budget requirements.

For details on the changes proposed, click here to view the FRK and Stahl presentation given to the board.

Over the summer, the addition of a greenhouse to the science facilities and additional student and teacher collaboration spaces at the renovated Johnston Middle School were discussed by the Board, and will become part of the PPEL budget in the next two fiscal years.

The current athletic facility, located on 62nd Ave, will remain in use by middle school groups, community organizations, and local youth teams.

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For more information, contact:
Laura Sprague, APR | Johnston Community School District Director of Communications
PH: 515-770-6206 | laura.sprague@johnston.k12.ia.us

Lisa Kalis | Stahl Construction Company Director of Corporate Development
PH: 952-767-2104 | lkalis@stahlconstruction.com

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