Ingersoll Stadium to close Monday for repairs

Popular facility to close during $400,000 renovation

lpemberton@theolympian.comJune 8, 2013 

Ingersoll Stadium in Olympia is slated to close Monday so that crews can begin about $400,000 worth of repairs and upgrades. The work is expected to take about two months.

“Basically they’ll be installing a waterproof coating over the existing grandstand’s concrete surface,” said Tim Byrne, supervisor of planning and construction for the Olympia School District. “Water is currently leaking into the locker rooms.”

The project’s contractor is Jones & Roberts; Bob Roberts of the Olympia-based firm has a special connection with the nearly 45-year-old shared athletic facility adjacent to Olympia High School, according to Byrne.

“He was telling me that his dad, Frank Roberts, built the stadium originally,” Byrne said. “(Bob) was in high school at the time, and his job was to sweep the stadium every week.”

Ingersoll was closed in 2012 for several months after engineers discovered extensive water damage.

The district’s emergency fixes included removal and replacement of the entire roof area, dry rot repair and gutter replacement. The final cost was about $418,000, according to the Olympia School Board’s Jan. 28 meeting minutes. The repairs were paid with the district’s capital projects fund, which is used for emergencies.

The 3,000-seat stadium’s last planned improvements were in 2004, when the locker rooms were added, lighting was upgraded and synthetic turf was installed, according to Jeff Carpenter, director of the district’s health, fitness and athletic programs.

In addition to waterproofing the facility, crews will add a vinyl cover to the grandstand’s seats and reinforce some concrete block walls, said district spokeswoman Rebecca Japhet.

The district also plans to resurface the track this summer.

“Right now, we’ve got places where it’s getting worn pretty thin,” Carpenter said.

The track project is separate from the stadium work and is budgeted at $161,000, Japhet said.

“These are projects from the recent bond,” she said.

The stadium and track are both scheduled to remain closed until Aug. 21, Byrne said.

“When it reopens, depending on (School) Board action … there may be swipe cards and access would be limited to those who have the cards,” Carpenter said. “That’s our proposal, and we would have to get funding for it.”

Ingersoll is shared by Capital and Olympia high schools for football games, soccer matches and track meets.

It’s also used for youth soccer and track meets and is a popular destination for joggers.

If the School Board accepts the district’s recommendations — which includes the addition of security cameras — community members would likely need to apply for an access card so that they could enter the stadium and use the track, Carpenter said.

“We’ve had a lot of vandalism and misuse,” he said. “And we need to secure the facility to protect the community’s investment in it.”

Lisa Pemberton: 360-754-5433 @Lisa_Pemberton

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