Friday, November 13, 2009

Varsity Field Subcommittee Underway - Overview of First Meeting

The Varsity Field Subcommittee has begun its work on planning for the renovation of the Burlington High Varsity Field. There is a great deal of work to be done and we are fortunate to have a number of individuals volunteering their time to help provide input on this project.
We are also pleased to be working with Stantec and Sgarzai Associates. The project is expected to be completed for the Fall of 2010.
The members of the subcommittee are:
Patrick Larkin - Burlington High School Principal
Mike DeSimone - Burlington School Committee
Steve Nelson - Burlington School Committee
Jack Ferren - Burlington Recreation
Mike Hardy - Burlington Ways and Means
Joe Morandi - Town Meting Member
Don Lorinovich - Burlington Recreation
Craig Robinson - Burlington Public Schools
Matt Carr - Burlington High School Teacher/Track Coach
David Cullen - Burlington High School Parent
Rachel Joyce - Burlington High School Student/Athlete
Here is an overview from our first meeting:
Burlington High School
Varsity Field Subcommittee
November 4, 2009

1. Current Layout Overview
a. Field Layout – The representatives from Stantec presented an overview of the current conditions at varsity field. 3 Options were viewed (depending on placement of track events) Option 1 seems to be the best option thus far due to the placement of the long jump area away from the pole vault area. It also appears that all of the throwing events will be moved across the driveway to the practice field area (ongoing discussions will take place to ensure this is a viable option).

b. Bleacher Layout – There was a discussion about the merits of having bleachers on both sides or combining visiting and home seating in one set of stands on the home side. Bleacher options will be the focus of the next meeting (Monday, November 16, 2009.) The current seating capacity is estimated at 1,700. (see 1c.)

c. Buildings - concessions, restrooms, storage (# of toilets will depend on seating capacity). The state code for stadiums states that you need to have a single toilet for every 30 women based on the assumption that half of the crowd is female. Which would mean 25 toilets for women in a 1,500 seat venue. For men, the need is one toilet for every 60. This would mean that without a variance the new varsity field would need approximately 40 toilets total. Discussion of obtaining a variance is underway. We will need the support of the local plumbing inspector in order to move forward. One driving issue is the ticket sales. We fill the stadium once every so many years depending on the type of season we are having. They go by the design not your sales. The State Plumbing inspectors meet every three weeks.

d. Lighting Possibilities (Cost estimates will be given to refurbish or replace existing lights)

2. Our Process & Schedule

Permitting - time is of the essence to complete a preferred design! We would like to file with everyone (town boards) before Christmas, so we need to have a preferred design by the end of November or early December.

Next Meeting: Monday, November 16, 2009 at 6 p.m.

1 comment:

  1. being a sudent athlete i would like to suggest that we have stands on both sides of the field and i think some other student athletes would also agree on this