The new Riverside-Brookfield High School athletic field is expected to be ready for homecoming.
If all continues to go well, the formal dedication of the new Martin H. Kennelly Athletic Complex will take place just prior to the Oct. 2 homecoming football game against Immaculate Conception.
The athletic complex is being named after former Chicago Mayor Martin Kennelly. Kennelly’s great nephew, California businessman Jerry Kennelly, received the naming rights as the result of a making a $140,000 donation to the school.
The first two home football games have already been relocated. The Sept. 4 game against Wauconda has been shifted to Wauconda, and the Sept. 12 home game against Elgin-St. Edward will be played at Lyons Township High School. The location of the Sept. 25 home game against Wheaton Academy has not been named yet.
“We’re hoping it’s going to still be a home game, but the weather will dictate that,” said co-interim Athletic Director John Treiber.
Dry weather in July and the first half of August has helped the construction work move along after delays caused by a rainy June.
“We’ve made up some time,” said construction manager Joe Papanicholas. “This recent nice weather has gotten us on track.”
Papanicholas said that he thinks he can have the field and stadium ready by Oct. 2.
The installation of the synthetic turf field is scheduled to begin on Aug. 31, but that could be moved up a week Papanicholas told the school board last week.
Construction of a large storm water detention vault located underground just north of Hollywood School is just about done. The drains and traps have been installed. The vault will be able to hold 35,626 cubic feet of water and measures nearly 109-by-64 feet. The pumping system is being installed this week.
The new bleachers on the visitors’ side of the field are 90 percent complete and the home bleachers are about 50 percent done. The exterior of the new locker room and storage building is complete.
“Things are progressing nicely,” said District 208 Superintendent Kevin Skinkis.
New roofs on portions of the high school will be inspected this week.
Conduit pipe will be placed underneath the track to allow RBTV to broadcast from the stadium without the need for a TV truck.
The school received a payment of $87,000 from the JEM Morris Company, the company that installed the old synthetic turf field in 2006 as compensation for incorrectly installing the gravel base of that field.
“JEM Morris was very responsive in working with the district to resolve an issue with the stone base that was used to build the original turf field in 2006,” Skinkis said in an email.
About $281,000 in change orders have been approved so far. The budgeted allowance for change orders and unexpected expenses is $700,000.
“From a cost standpoint we’ve done phenomenal,” Papanicholas said.