With ARCON Associates Inc., the district’s new architectural firm, on board, the Hinsdale High School District 86 Facilities Committee reviewed ongoing and possible future capital projects Aug. 27.
Administrators hope to go out to bid next week for construction of the girls softball field at Hinsdale Central. If the bid documents are issued next week, construction could begin by Oct. 1, Chief Financial Officer William Eagan said.
The district also is planning to install paths around the baseball field at Central that comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Central Athletic Director Dan Jones said the school has received numerous complaints about inaccessibility issues.
At Centennial Field, there’s no access except across the grass, Jones said.
Robert Adamik, director of buildings and grounds at Hinsdale South, is investigating new lights in the halls and stairwells that would be safer and more energy-efficient, and investigating grants to help pay for the upgrades.
Facilities Committee Chairman Edward Corcoran is eager for a safety audit of the district property, that would be conducted by someone specially trained in industrial plant safety. He first recommended the inspection last year, after he noticed safety issues with ladders and stairs employees use.
A study of the sewer system is underway at the Hinsdale Central campus.
Central has sewers that were built when sewage and stormwater runoff were not always separated.
The study, conducted by Erickson Engineering, identifies the discharge points for the sanitary sewers and surface water, so as to provide clearer information to the Flagg Creek Water Reclamation District, which issues permits for the district’s construction projects.
Erickson is expected to present its final report in September, Eagan said.
The district is not yet fully satisfied with the landscaping outside Hinsdale Central. The drainage in the rain gardens that run along the front of the school had to be repaired after the plants died in the spring of 2013.
The rain gardens now are functioning, but drainage problems remain in the large rectangular planters on either side of the entrance.
“After any sizable rain, there’s standing water in the planters,” Central Principal Mark Kolkman said.
The plan is to drill holes in the planters to drain them.Tags: Hinsdale District 86