Upon voting to put Proposition R on the ballot in April 2016, the Board directed that, should the effort be passed by voters, any savings identified and/or additional funds raised during the course of construction be utilized to fund other needs identified in the facilities research conducted prior to the bond referendum but not included in the scope of the original project.
At this time, the original project is projected to come in approximately $4.5 million under budget. This was not completely unexpected, as significant contingencies were built into the project due to the age of the existing structures and a favorable bidding market for some of the larger work categories.
In addition, the Ladue Education Foundation has raised nearly $2 million to enhance many of the features of the new facility. The cost of the expansion is currently being estimated. However, initial projections indicate a significant portion of these additional components can be accommodated by the additional funding currently identified.
Project components being considered for the Project Expansion phase include:
- Improvements to the northwest section of the high school, including the expansion of the Nielson Gymnasium lobby, restrooms, concessions area, and fitness center.
- Development of a new multi-purpose turf field
- Competition track and field event areas
- Grandstand with press box and viewing area
While the exact timeline for this project will depend on a number of factors as outlined below, the following represents a “best case scenario” for completion.
|Research and Due Diligence||Sept. and Oct. 2017|
|Cost and Design Refinement||Oct. to Dec. 2017|
|Permitting Processes||Oct. 2017 to Feb. 2018|
|Community Information and Input Opportunity||Dec. 11, 2017|
|Construction||March. to Dec. 2018|
|Opening of Field||Aug. 6, 2018|
Research and Due Diligence
The district has engaged in a number of areas of research regarding the potential expansion of the high school renovation project.
- Sewer System. A Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD) lateral line runs through the portion of the campus on which the current field resides and where a new field is also being proposed. Although MSD anticipates abandoning the lateral line as part of the sanitary relief project they are currently planning, MSD’s project would still have major implications for the expansion project, if it were to move forward, making continued coordination with MSD vital.
- Core Samplings. Samples of the ground upon which an artificial turf field will be built have been taken to determine whether or not any substantial challenges are anticipated in the installment of an artificial turf field due to unfavorable subsoil conditions. This study is complete with no issues identified in meeting MSD requirements.
- FEMA/MSD Flood Study. Studies are being conducted to determine whether or not the proposed second phase of construction will alter the velocity or rise of Deer Creek (located behind the high school campus). Preliminary evaluation suggests that removing the existing grandstand structure should not impact the velocity or rise of the creek. The results of the study will be posted here when available.
- Sound Study. AcoustiControl has been engaged to perform a sound study based on the anticipated configuration of the renovated stadium. The results of this study can be found here. In summary, due to the design of the stadium seating and public address system, sound levels will remain the same or improve in comparison to the existing configuration and sound system in almost every circumstance.
- Light Study. Similarly, McClure Engineering has been engaged to study the appropriate design of the lights to be used on the field in the evening. Any lights utilized on the proposed stadium would be state-of-the-art LED lighting designed to provide negligible light drift from the stadium as demonstrated in the examples shown here. Details of the actual design can be found here. In summary, the lights utilized will meet the City of Ladue’s ordinance for parking area spill light.
In addition, both the sound and light systems would be used only as scheduled and approved in advance by the district, and this schedule would be made available to the public. Linked here is the Proposed 2018-19 School Year Field Use Schedule which includes the estimated number of spectators anticipated at each event. When reviewing, please also note the following:
- A combination of both lights and sound are anticipated to be used less than 20 times per year.
- No light or sound systems will be used during summer break.
- No light or sound systems will be used during December, January and February.
Opportunities to Learn More
On Dec. 6, 2017, neighbors immediately surrounding the expansion area were invited to an informal meeting with administrators to discuss the project. The information provided on this website page was presented, and a number of questions were asked. Here is a link to the questions asked that evening and the answers provided.
In addition, the Ladue School District, as well as the architects and consultants involved in planning the project, provided information at the Board of Education Business Meeting on Dec. 11, 2017. The entire Ladue Schools community was invited to learn more about this project expansion, and have questions answered, with over 100 residents attending. The presentation offered at that meeting is linked here.
As this project progresses, please return here for up-to-date and accurate information. If you have questions or concerns, please let us know by calling 314-994-7080 or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.