Committee recommends approval of donated athletic facility

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Apr. 24, 2019 10:50 am Updated: Apr. 24, 2019 11:06 am

QUINCY -- Plans for a new $1.38 million donated athletic facility at Flinn Stadium are taking another step forward.

The Quincy Public Schools Building Committee on Tuesday recommended the School Board approve the donation of the facility, which will feature a weight room, locker room, video room and storage for equipment.

"It's exciting that community members got together and are going to donate a beautiful facility like this," Superintendent Roy Webb said. "It's going to be used by a lot of our athletes, a lot of our kids. It's a nice addition to the district."

School Board member and committee co-chair Mike Troup said all the money has been raised for the building spearheaded by a group of Quincy High School football boosters.

"The support has been great from alumni, former players, people in the community," said Jim Hansen, a 1988 Quincy High School graduate who played football at QHS and Western Illinois University. "It's an update that's long overdue, especially in today's sports environment. But in the long run, I hope it spurs people to do other things for QHS athletics and extracurricular activities. It's very hard with the lack of funding and where the state stands for a school district to allocate extra money to an activity when a class needs textbooks or technology," Hansen said.

The pre-engineered steel building with a brick facade is expected to be finished in early June, Troup said. It will be located on the southwest end of the stadium next to the video board.

The weight room with state-of-the-art equipment, film room with auditorium style seating, a conference room and storage will be available for all sports. The facility also will provide a locker room, coaches offices, trainer room, shower room and players lounge for football.

Conversations about the facility began after the Blue Devils lost to Providence New Lenox in the second round of the Class 6A playoffs in 2013.

"It looked like a college team stepped on the field," Hansen said. "After the game, some people came up to me and said what would it take to be like that. Some information flowed from there, and get togethers with people steamrolled."

In other action, the Building Committee also:

Heard construction updates on the new Baldwin and Denman schools.

Baldwin continues to be "in real good shape," said Dave Wombles, the district's construction representative, but with a June 1 substantial completion date at Denman, "it will be into June when they get that ready for you to move in."

Reviewed health life safety projects slated for this spring and summer at Quincy Junior High School, Flinn, Baldwin, the Early Childhood and Family Center and the district's transportation facility.

Reviewed a bid for tuckpointing and masonry repair at QJHS. Work is expected to be done this summer in the building's two interior courtyards at a cost of $612,860.

Recommended the School Board approve health life safety projects for new exhaust for the diesel mechanics classroom and to improve the woodworking classroom and a separate project to install railings in the bleachers at Flinn Stadium.

Discussed adding sidewalk access from the parking lot to the concession stand and baseball/softball fields at QHS and to extend a road around the fields. Doing both projects is estimated to cost $37,000.