City accepts bids for athletics complex

By this time next year, a new athletics complex will be open for Greenwood’s after-school clubs, practices and sporting events.

Construction will start after the high school graduation ceremony in May and is slated to be done by Jan. 1, Greenwood assistant superintendent Todd Pritchett said.

Greenwood schools have hired Gibraltar Construction Corp. to build the new structure next to Greenwood Community High School. The athletics complex will have three courts to be used for basketball or volleyball, a two-lane track, a concession stand and locker rooms.

School officials estimated that the athletics complex would cost $4.8 million to build. Gibraltar will build the athletics complex for $4,184,000.

The company will be paid $4,638,000 in total. Indianapolis-based Gibraltar also will create a new athletics entryway, add air conditioning and new lighting to the high school’s main and auxiliary gyms, and upgrade the swimming pool with new tiles, lighting and equipment such as ladders and diving boards.

Other projects for the complex could be added on later, if enough money is available, Pritchett said.

Six construction companies bid on the work, Pritchett said.

School board members will vote later this month to hire a construction company to upgrade Northeast Elementary School’s heating and air conditioning system, Pritchett said.

The athletics complex is one of two main construction projects for Greenwood schools, including a new middle school that is being built along Averitt Road. Construction has begun on the new middle school, and students will move in late 2017 or early 2018.