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Hall junior Zach Urbanski (center) wrestles Plano’s Udo Agomo for a loose ball during the Red Devils’ 62-52 victory in the Colmone Classic on Dec. 11 in Spring Valley. If the referendum for a new school holds on after absentee ballots, the Red Devils will get a new gymnasium and other athletic facilties. NewsTribune file photo
While the final fate of the referendum for a new Hall High School is yet to be determined due to remaining absentee ballots, a “Yes” vote will mean big changes for Red Devil and Lady Red Devil athletics.
Part of the proposed $32 million school project calls for the construction of a new west wing, which will house the school’s indoor athletic and physical education programs.
“The athletic component of the plan is certainly consistent with what we’re seeing in newer facilities,” said architect David Patton of Healy, Bender and Associates Inc. of Naperville, the firm that drafted the proposed new Hall facility. “It has a competition gym that can also support two full-size PE stations for teaching. There’s a separate auxiliary gymnasium that could accommodate a third PE station, and then there’s also a weights and fitness area that could probably support another teaching station.”
The lower level of the physical education and athletics wing will feature a concession area, space for athletic trainers and both PE and athletic locker room areas.
“From an athletics point of view, it will be a nice facility,” Patton said.
Current plans call for Nesti Stadium and Rollie Morris Track to remain in operation. Healy, Bender, and Associates has worked on designing other school construction projects in the past.
“Obviously, all schools are different based on the capacity — the number of students they’re going to be holding in the school. We’ve done some schools — Plainfield for instance — where the capacity is about 2,400 kids. .. A lot of the projects we do involve site work also, but in this case we’re not really doing anything with the existing stadium or track,” Patton said.
Hall superintendent Mike Struna, and assistant principal/athletic director Eric Bryant declined to comment for this story, citing the pending nature of the referendum.
Chris Yucus can be reached at 220-6995 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @NT_SportsChris.
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