Trojan Bowl Entrance

By Jeff Lundquist/NT Publisher

An architects drawing of a possible design for the entrance to the Trojan Bowl.

ATLANTIC- The Atlantic school board approved a contract Wednesday with FRK architectural firm for design work on improvements to the districts athletic facilities and will also consider hiring a project supervisor at a meeting later this month.

The firm has been involved in the project since the onset and the contract approved Wednesday outlines its responsibilities as the project moves forward. It has already completed some design work including site plans and concept drawings.

"This agreement is for them to do the work they have already been doing," Board Superintendent Steve Barber said. "We've been a little bit tardy getting it done."

The contract is part of the $9.5 million bond issue approved by voters in April.

The first phase of the project, work on the Trojan Bowl, is scheduled to begin following football season and is expected to be completed by Sept. 2020, the high school project by March 2021 and the baseball/softball complex by April 2021.

Some details remain to be worked out for each of the phases and members of the facilities committee who attended the meeting appeared to be frustrated that they had not been consulted on the latest set of plans.

"The Facilities Committee does not feel we can sign off on the specifics," committee member Nick Hunt said, "We want to have the ability to work with the architect until final design. That's imperative we feel. We feel our reputation is on the line. We are acting as another set of eyes for the school board. Our opinion is the public wants us to be involved."

Some board members also said they would like to see more details as the project moves forward and agreed to involve the facilities committee along with two board members in meetings with the architects and district officials when approving plans.

 "I want to be able to trust that if something comes before us it's been checked off by the facilities committee," Board member Ali Bruckner said. 

The board did not make a decision on hiring a project supervisor but will consider that idea at a meeting later this month. Under the approved contract with FRK officials are obligated to make two on-site visits a month, though officials said they would be in near constant contact with contractors and others throughout the project. The board could decide to hire Snyder and Associates - which is part of the design team -  at an additional cost of around $80,000, to provide more oversight.