On a 4-0 vote, with one board member absent, the Lompoc Unified School District (LUSD) Board of Education took a critical step Tuesday in completion of the multi-year campaign to upgrade the track and field at Huyck Stadium.

The School Board unanimously awarded the project to contractor Byrom-Davey Inc., owned by Santa Ynez native Steve Davey, at the beginning of the summer and months of negotiation between the district, the contractor and community stakeholders followed. During this time, the district also awaited project approval from the California Department of Architecture.

All items fell into place allowing district staff to provide a School Board action item for the Nov. 12 meeting requesting and receiving approval of a defined scope of work for the project, a lease-leaseback agreement with Byrom-Davey Inc., and a guaranteed maximum price for project completion.

The lease-leaseback project delivery method was authorized by the state legislature to deliver school facilities on time, on budget, and with a reduced level of public risk. This is the first project for which LUSD will employ this method.

The project scope encompasses an upgrade to an artificial turf field, all-weather rubberized nine-lane track, new track and field amenities, a community exercise zone with outdoor exercise equipment, new filtered water-drinking fountains, security cameras, and some lighting.

Also included will be donor recognition with the Foundation of the Community donor brick paver walkway, and Pillars of the Community concrete columns. More than 200 individual bricks have been sold to members of the community.

During the board meeting, committee members from the Campaign for the Lompoc Community Track & Field and the Rotary Club presented an initial donation check for $1.2 million. An additional donation in the amount of $450,000 will be provided by the committee upon project completion.

The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians were the first financial supporters of the project, helping to get it off the ground, and the Lompoc Rotary Club was the first local community organization to give to the project, leading the way for others to support it.

“This is an historic night for LUSD,” said LUSD Superintendent Trevor McDonald. “The gift we are being presented with will benefit not only today’s students, but many generations in the future. We
are grateful for the generosity of the community and their commitment to healthy living.”

“I’m so proud to be part of the committee that spearheaded this effort, and raised over $1.6 million to make it a reality,” said Ashley Costa, executive director for the Lompoc Valley Community Healthcare Organization, which facilitated the capital campaign. “The partnership with the district was phenomenal and I cannot express enough thanks to our over 300 donors for their generosity.

“This renovation will be transformational for our community, providing a free, safe and well-lit facility to exercise, recreate and connect,” she said.

The project is set to break ground on or around Nov. 25 with project completion anticipated by May. The committee is planning a grand opening event in the stadium, May 30-31.

For more, visit http://lompoctrackandfield.com or call 805-736-5985.

— Shirley Edwards for Lompoc Unified School District.