South Bend School District building $675,000 fitness center

South Bend School District building $675,000 fitness center

District hopes to have 3,750-square-foot building done by late spring

South Bend School District is about to break ground on another building project — a fitness building.

At their regular board meeting in December, the district board of directors awarded Rognlins Inc. a contract to construct the facility, with ground work to begin as weather allows in the coming months. The steel-frame building will be approximately 3,750 square feet and will include restrooms, storage, and a large activity area with multiple weights/exercise equipment. The estimated $675,000 project is almost entirely grant funded.

The district has been working for the last year with Cheryl Green of CM Green Design of Raymond on the building design and layout, as well as the site specifications and planning. The building is a steel-frame structure engineered and fabricated by Pacific Building Systems of Woodburn, Oregon.

The structure will be sited west of Koplitz Field House in order to have easy access to utilities, parking and locker room facilities.

“We are very grateful for two large grants totaling $550,000 to put toward this much needed project,” said Superintendent Jon Tienhaara. “Our current weight room is quite small and does not provide our students the necessary space. This project will provide the school district with room to grow our physical fitness programs, athletic teams, and provide yet another space to support community needs as well.”

The district placed the order for the building last month and Rognlins Inc. has been selected to erect the steel building.

“It has been challenging moving the project forward due to all sorts of factors, including rising construction costs, various delays and supply chain issues,” Tienhaara said. “We have specific grant funds with spending deadlines approaching. With the funds we have in-hand, we can now procure the building and the contractor needed to erect the building, which will be completed late this spring.”

Raising additional funds

“We’ve had folks contact us who are interested in contributing toward the project,” said Tienhaara. “The district will be completing interior work once the building is up, we expect the remaining costs to be approximately $125,000, which will finish out the interior building components.”

Donors who wish to contribute can contact the school district or the South Bend School Foundation.

“I look forward to getting the project off the ground in the coming weeks, and I am excited for our students to have this space,” he said.