SRHS Stadium Revitalization
CONSTRUCTION IS COMPLETE!
After more than eight years of significant involvement from the school community, San Rafael High School (SRHS) revitalized its stadium, a key component on the school’s campus and a benefit to the entire San Rafael City Schools community. Through the project, SRHS’ stadium, known as Miller Field, was updated and more aligned with other high schools in Marin County. Members of the entire school community showed great leadership in the project and conducted a significant amount of fundraising to bring the project to fruition.
The renovated stadium, which includes an updated track and field, boosts SRHS’ large population of students who participate in sports, as well as enhances 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. Being able to engage the community well was a critical aspect of stadium renovation success.
Construction started in Summer 2017 and was completed in 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.
A Revitalized Stadium & Community
In the more recent 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 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 was coordinated, and phases 1, 2 and 3 were 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 met to collaborate with the school and district on creating the facility’s use and management plan.
Construction begain in Spring 2017 and was complete by Spring 2018. The SRCS Board of Education adopted a total budget of approximately $9.6 million for the project. Carducci & Associates, Inc. was the architect for the project.
The stadium renovation included 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 was improved to LED stadium lighting system will reduce energy use and provide excellent lighting. The new synthetic turf field is more economical for the District requiring less maintenance, and it is more environmentally friendly because there is no need for chemical fertilizers. As a result, it is safer for student athletes. The bleacher capacity is 1,905, compared to the current capacity of 2,550.
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.