An 85,000 square foot building has been proposed north of the Carmel High School Football Stadium to provide indoor training space for the Marching Band and Winter Guard, along with athletic groups and other students expected to also use the facility.
Tentatively named the Greyhound Activity Center, the $9.5 million pre-designed building is proposed to be funded through a $27 million bond that includes several other stadium improvements previously approved by the school board, including including a switch to LED lighting and a new restroom, concession and dressing room building to the south of the stadium.
The proposed building would include a full-size football field, with approximately 9,000 square feet dedicated to storage, restrooms and changing rooms.
Several CHS officials presented information to the school board April 25 on how the facility, which would replace a driving range, would benefit students and the community.
“This center would provide our students with opportunities they have never had before,” said CHS Director Tom Harmas. “It’s pure excitement.”
Chris Kreke, chair of the CHS performing arts department, said the facility would solve several problems the 350-student marching band faces each year, such as providing a place to practice in inclement weather, increasing storage space secure and provide changing rooms so that students do not. having to change in public toilets.
CHS athletic director Jim Inskeep said the performing arts department would generally have priority in using the building, but he said it could also be used for intramural sports, the expansion of the unified sports program and as shelter for those attending football matches in the event of inclement weather. .
The project is not expected to increase the district’s tax rate.
“I am confident that we will continue to be in a very enviable position in terms of the tax rate and the ability to manage it in such a way that it does not increase as a result of the installation projects that we carry out. ,” said Roger McMichael, CCS Assistant Superintendent for Business Affairs.
If the project is approved by the school board, construction should begin in the spring of 2023 and be completed by the end of 2024.