By Rich Place

The high school track and field season may be over, but this summer will feature plenty of action on the track behind SGI High School with anticipation of crossing the finish line by early September.

When the Griffins varsity football team takes the field for its first home game of the season on Sept. 7, they’ll do so in the middle of the district’s new track with plenty of other visual changes around the field.

Most notable will be the track itself, which will be widened from six to eight lanes and include a water pit for steeplechase. A new stone Pop Warner Field sign will also be an aesthetic improvement along with a relocated scoreboard, a new press box, new fencing around the track and also new vinyl chain link fencing on the bleachers.

Work in this part of the project — deemed Phase 1B after the roof work in Phase 1A was completed last year — isn’t limited to the track, though. There will be plenty of other improvements taking place throughout the district including new parking lots and a variety of behind-the-scenes work like new boilers in the high school and improvements above and below the high school pool.

Other than the track, “this project really isn’t glitz and glamour, it’s all infrastructure,” explained David Seiflein, director of facilities at SGI, during a tour of the work with a handful of other project officials. “So much of the work throughout the district is roof-top units and upgrading things like that.”

Although work on this phase of the project commenced in February in the high school basement and the new office area at the middle school, construction at the track began following the Pageant of Bands last month.

The track has now been completely torn up and work continues to improve drainage work underneath where the new track will lay.

The new track will be black with purple near baton relay points and its eight lanes will allow Springville to host sectionals, which couldn’t be done with the previous six-lane set up, said Dave Vawter, project manager with Campus Construction. The track will sport a cushioned, resilient top surface many area schools are now using, Vawter added, compared to the former hard asphalt surface.

The asphalt for the track is expected to be poured in mid- to late July before a 30-day cure time, Vawter said, following which the top layer will be added. Beginning work on the track area following the Pageant of Bands allows for the renovation work there to be completed by the football season.

“By starting early we were able to get football games here this year, otherwise we would have lost the whole football season,” Vawter said.

Elsewhere in the vicinity, this summer will include a reconstructed rear parking lot and access roadway at the SGI High School — plus reconstructed parking lots at Springville Middle School and the main entrance lot at the Springville Elementary, according to Vawter. Next summer will see reconstructed lots in the front of the high school, the rear of the elementary school and at Colden Elementary.

“By the time we are done I don’t think there is a parking lot we aren’t replacing, minus the bus garage, which is in really good shape,” said Seiflein.

During a tour last week, Michael Perkins, field manager with Campus Construction, showed plenty of other areas of the high school already under construction with school still in session.

The athletic locker room in the basement of the high school is currently being renovated and a new pool filtration system is being installed under the high school pool. The pool room will also see new bleachers, new acoustical wall panels and a painted ceiling.

The high school’s massive, old boilers will be removed and new ones put in, Perkins said.

“Everything you can’t see is getting worked on, pretty much,” he said.

Once students recess for the summer, some work will take place in more prevalent spaces like making some of the bathrooms ADA compliant by reconfiguring the layout upon entering the rooms.

All this work is unrelated to the recently approved P-TECH capital project that is expected to begin construction next year, Vawter said. Seiflein, the director of facilities, added that other than avoiding some sidewalk replacement that will be done in that project instead, the P-TECH approval has little impact on this work.

The entire Phase 1B of the current project is expected to be completed by fall of 2019.