High School to Benefit from $3.6M Locker Room Project

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MISHAWAKA — Penn High School Kingsmen athletes will benefit from a $3.6 million project at the football stadium that calls for a 13,200-square-foot locker room building.

The facility, to be built on the south side of the TCU Freed Field, will feature three locker rooms that will be used for football games and track meets, along with training rooms, offices for coaches, public restrooms and a concessions area.

The Penn-Harris-Madison School Corp. board of trustees unanimously decided Monday to award a $3.6 million contract for the project to Ziolkowski Construction of South Bend, which submitted the lowest of six bids received from contractors.

Workers are set to break ground on the project this spring and finish it by the end of August.

Denise Seger, the corporation's associate superintendent, said locker rooms inside the high school don't have enough room for athletic teams. Sometimes, for example, the football season has overlapped with the start of the basketball season, compelling teams to share locker room space.

The new facility will address that problem, Seger said, by providing teams with "more locker room capacity when we have multiple events going on."

One locker room will be for visiting teams and the other two will be for home teams — one for the varsity level and the other for junior varsity and freshmen.

The facility will also increase safety for athletes, Seger said. When football games are held, teams will no longer need to cross a parking lot multiple times to get from the stadium to locker rooms inside the school.

"That was the key piece — the safety of players and coaches," Seger said.

Safety improvements will also be made to certain areas of the stadium, including the installation of lighting and fencing.

This spring, the school board plans to sell $7.6 million in low-interest bonds to pay for the corporation's summer projects, including the project at the stadium. The bonds, which would be paid back by the end of 2022, would also cover the cost of maintenance work at several school buildings.

Plans for the locker room facility come after the football stadium received a $1.1 million upgrade last year that included a new entrance with ticket center, a windscreen spanning the back of bleachers, new stairs, lighting upgrades and a fence surrounding nearly half of the site.

The locker room facility was designed for the corporation by Fanning Howey of Indianapolis, which was paid $292,500.

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