CASPER, Wyo. – The Natrona County School District Board of Directors will be asked on Monday to authorize staff to negotiate and execute a contract with Cheyenne-based Sampson Construction to create a ten-court tennis complex in Highland Park to Casper. serve as a training and competition space for the Natrona County and Kelly Walsh High School tennis teams.
The NCSD Board of Directors approved the allocation of $ 3.75 million for the project in September. The council’s infrastructure planning committee recommends that the trustees allow staff to negotiate a contract with Sampson for the project with a guaranteed maximum price of $ 3.5 million.
Four companies have submitted bids to NCSD for the tennis complex project. These companies were interviewed and all met the requirements of the district’s RFP. The companies that have submitted bids are:
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- Caspar Building Systems Incorporated – Casper, Wyoming
- Sampson Construction – Cheyenne, Wyoming
- Haass Construction – Casper, Wyoming
- CEPI – Casper, Wyoming
The Highland Park tennis complex project would consist of renovating four existing courts. Six new courts would also be added along with a spectator viewing area and a building to house a washroom, changing room, storage and concession area.
Before the project can proceed, the NCSD and the Town of Casper will need to finalize an agreement to allow the District to manage the facility since the courts in Highland Park are owned by the Town. During preliminary discussions on the project, City of Casper staff and council members expressed interest in the proposal.
While in October, some parents complained to the school board about what they saw as a lack of interest in teaching students the basics of reading and math, some administrators defended the district’s plans. spending money on the tennis court and deciding to spend around $ 10.2 million. for the new Natatorium at Natrona County High School.
“I want to stress that swimming pools and tennis courts do not interfere with learning,” said administrator Clark Jensen at the school board meeting on Oct. 11. “Children who participate in extracurricular activities have more [academic] performance than those that do not.
The new tennis facility would give high school teams courts to play on that are in better condition than where they currently train and compete, according to the district.
“The current court conditions at Washington Park and the Casper Country Club are not ideal,” NCSD said of the need for the Highland Park project. “Both sets of pitches have a lot of cracks and some settlements require repair of the cracks and replacement of the playing surface.”
The Natrona County High School tennis team currently uses four courts for training and competition in Washington Park, which is also owned by the city. Kelly Walsh High School uses five courts at the Casper County Club for training and competition. The school district leases the land from the Casper Country Club for about $ 2,500 per year, according to the NCSD.
The district reports that there are an average of 56 girls and 36 boys who participate in NC and KW tennis programs on an annual basis.
“By adding six more tennis courts to the [new] area, a total of 10 courts will be available on the site, ”the district said of plans for the new facility. “The ten courts will allow two tennis matches to take place simultaneously when each high school will host a duel match with two visiting teams from out of town. “
The new facility would also allow Casper to host regional tournaments and, assuming repairs are made to other facilities in the city, state tournaments. The school district adds that the facility would also support opportunities for physical education classes.
If the project went ahead, the NCSD would make the courts available to the public for tennis and horseshoes throughout the year. The NCSD adds that the new facility could also accommodate pickleball, which Casper City staff say is attracting public interest.
The cost estimates for the new tennis complex prepared by WLC Engineering Surveying for NCSD are as follows:
NCSD would use a combination of recreation council funds and council priority funds for the project. The timeline for the project, if the NCSD and Casper come to an agreement, would be as follows:
- Design phase: September 2021 – November 2021
- Advertise for design-build in September
- Evaluation of the site by the City in early October
- Sign a memorandum of understanding with the city and the NCSD in mid-October
- Award of the contract at the beginning of November
- 1st construction phase: November 2021 – April 2022
- Civil work
- Public service works
- Building an addiction
- 2nd construction phase: May 2022 – July 2022
- Last phase of construction: June 2022 – July 2022