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CHS grandstand: demolition soon

School District awards bid for demolition of 47-year-old facility.

Demolition of Columbia High School Stadium's 47-year-old grandstand could begin as early as next week.

The White Salmon Valley School Board awarded the bid for demolition to Archer Mountain Construction of Washougal. Archer Mountain's bid of $22,500 was the lowest of the five the school district received.

Superintendent Dale Palmer said the contractor has until July 1 to complete the demolition of the grandstand, which has been closed since mid-February.

Once the grandstand is gone, subcontractors for Outdoor Aluminum of Geneva, Ala., will prepare the site and pour footings for the new aluminum grandstand.

Outdoor Aluminum won the right to build the new grandstand, with a low bid of about $350,000.

Palmer said the new grandstand -- which doesn't include concessions or rest rooms -- is scheduled to be delivered around the first of August.

He added that the contract calls for the grandstand to be in place by Sept. 13 and ready for use in time for Henkle Middle School's and Columbia High's home openers on Sept. 19-20.

"The first main thing is to get the grandstand out of there and the footings poured so the erectors can get right to work when the new grandstand arrives," Palmer noted.

The grandstand will feature a shed-type roof and a press box, and will be enclosed with masonry brick on three sides.

Future improvements will include concessions and rest rooms. Palmer said plans for those are currently in the works.


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