School Board Votes To Move Forward On Field House Proposal For New Building At Sullivan Field

Siting options for Field House. Courtesy/DPS Architecture
Siting option B. Courtesy/DPS Architecture
LAPS News:
In a nod to the district’s ongoing efforts for the safety and security of students and guests at sporting events, the LAPS School Board voted 5-0 to authorize staff to move forward with a formal Field House proposal that calls for the construction of one building on the east side of Sullivan Field.
Julie Walleisa with Dekker/Perich/Sabatini (DPS) Architecture presented four Field House Design Options to the Board. Each design option included home and visitor locker rooms, an official’s room, training room, public restrooms, ticket booths and concessions. Walleisa and Athletic Director Ann Stewart discussed the pros and cons of each design option with the School Board at its Oct. 25, 2018 work session.
Out of the four options presented, Option B (pictured) was the only one with a single structure to house all components under one roof, and be fully accessible. It is also the most visible from Diamond Drive. These features stood out to the board as being in line with the district goal of improving safety at Sullivan Field. This option is also the most cost effective – another point which swayed the board’s decision.
Option A included two buildings, one at the current entrance and a smaller building along the visitor side. This option would also provide visibility from the road and create separation of the home and visitor teams and crowds. However, it would be a more expensive option requiring two buildings. Likewise, Options C and D would also require two buildings either on the north or south sides of the stadium. These two options were considered the most expensive since they would also require integrated stands and grading.
Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus reminded the board that the building of a new Field House fulfills a commitment made to the voters of Los Alamos County during the last bond election, when voters were promised that bond funds would be used for this purpose as well as the construction project at Barranca Elementary. “We thank the community for their continued support of Los Alamos Public Schools,” Dr. Steinhaus said.
The next step in the process will be to finalize the design, set the budget and submit the RFP.
Construction is slated to begin late fall of 2019.