SRHS Stadium Revitalization
Community Efforts Lead to Revitalization of SRHS Stadium
CONSTRUCTION IS UNDERWAY!
After over eight years of significant involvement from the school community, San Rafael High School (SRHS) is in the midst of revitalizing its stadium, a key component on the school’s campus and a benefit to the entire San Rafael City Schools (SRCS) community. Through the project, SRHS’ stadium, known as Miller Field, is being updated and more aligned with other high schools in Marin County. Members of the entire school community have shown great leadership in the project, and have done a significant amount of fundraising to bring the project to fruition.
The renovated stadium, which includes updating the track and field, will be a boost to SRHS’ large population of students who participate in sports, as well as enhance the school community's culture. In addition to athletics, it provides support for school, district and community-wide venues, such as graduation, rallies, fairs, training and performances. The community engagement to design an updated stadium that fits within the community has been a critical aspect to its success.
Construction started in Summer 2017 and is expected to be complete by Spring 2018.
A Look Back
The project began in 2008 when an anonymous donor provided fiscal resources for the revitalization efforts. Miller Field is the oldest field in Marin County, built in the 1930s. Committed to the idea of updating the facilities on behalf of the students, a fundraising committee continued the work after the initial donation. They involved members of the school community to develop the scope for the project, which included cost estimates, renderings and later, hiring an architectural firm for a conceptual design. Throughout this process, a number of parent volunteers, teachers and staff have contributed to the committee, as well as several principals and athletic directors.
The project was included in the District’s Master Facilities Plan, and is part of the High School District’s recent $161 million bond package. After voters overwhelmingly supported Measure B in November 2015, the Board of Education took action to approve the project and budget as part of the implementation plan for the High School District. The stadium at Terra Linda High School, SRCS’ other comprehensive high school, was renovated as part of the District’s previous bond measure.
In the more recennt past, the parents and volunteers of the SRHS Stadium Committee continued their work in partnership with school and District leadership and with full support of the Board of Education. They worked diligently through the design process and have continued to reach milestones. A construction management team, Van Pelt Construction Services, was contracted by the Board of Education for the project in March 2016. The entire group has coordinated, and phases 1, 2 and 3 have been submitted to and approved by the Division of the State Architect (DSA). Click here to learn more about the Stadium Committee.
The project also went through an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) process as part of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) for the entire SRHS campus. Click here to download the final EIR and click here to download a presentation with an overview of the EIR. Additionally, a group of neighbors and community members has been meeting to collaborate with the school and district on creating the facility’s use and management plan.
Construction begain in Spring 2017 and is anticipated to be complete by Spring 2018. The SRCS Board of Education has adopted a total budget of approximately $9.6 million for the project. Carducci & Associates, Inc. is the architect for the project.
The plans for the renovation include an all-weather turf field for football, soccer and lacrosse and a nine-lane track, with associated ADA accessible bleachers, state-of-the-art press box and sound system, restroom facilities, concessions and ticket booth. The current lighting will be improved, as the new LED stadium lighting system will reduce impact. The new synthetic turf field will be more economical for the District because there is less maintenance, and it is more environmentally friendly because there is no need for chemical fertilizers. As a result, it will be safer for student athletes. The bleacher capacity is projected to be 1,905, compared to the current capacity of 2,550.
Please explore this webpage to learn more about the plans and design, as well as information on the Stadium Committee.
The Stadium Project has been a model of what we can accomplish when there is collaboration among students, parents, teachers, staff, Board members, administrators, community members and consultants, all working together towards a goal.