Designer: SVPA Architects
Total Project Cost: $3.9 million
When lottery winners Brian and Mary Lohse earmarked a portion of their winnings for a new athletic facility for Bondurant-Farrar Community School District, they provided two stipulations: 1) the football field had to be ready for their son (a senior) to play his final season on it; and 2) the visiting locker room had to be painted the same shade of pink used for the visiting team locker room at the University of Iowa’s Kinnick Stadium. Both of these items were happily checked off at the project’s completion. Story was chosen as the general contractor BFCSD’s new facility. In addition to the football/soccer field with surrounding track and shot put/discuss area, the project included a new concessions building with restrooms and admissions; Jay Shop; home bleachers with 1,500 seats plus a press box; 500-seat visitors bleachers; and surrounding parking and sidewalks. The football/soccer field is covered with synthetic turf, the laying of which was a process in itself. Each five-yard length of turf was placed separately while being hand stretched and stitched into place. Once the field, including end zones were in place, small pieces of recycled rubber and sand were broadcast into the “grass.” The combination of synthetic grass, sand and rubber on the state-of-the-art playing field provides cushion for running, turning and tackling.