“These are the changes required by the state fire marshal. The guaranteed maximum price for the changes required is $218,000. The additional pier work was given a $40,000 contingency. We have gone above that in prep. We hope to get the piers done and minimize the cost,” said Fuller.
The plans for the arena have been finalized by the architects and state fire marshal, and it meets requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The ADA assures that public buildings meet with the requirements to make them accessible to all people.
Discussions continued on the scoreboard and sound systems.
“We had one 90-day bid option opened last December, and we only got one bid. What we did was essentially let it expire,” Hale said. Last year, after the bid expired, Hale asked Scott Willman, the head trainer, to look into the scoreboard and sound.
“Two scoreboard companies submitted bid packets. They are very technical and may not mean much unless you spend a lot of time on the computer,” said Willman.
According to Willman, both companies were comparable in definition, detail, replication, luminosity, brightness, video quality and both have about 4.4 trillion colors.
“They both have similar viewing angles. Like on a big screen TV, it is how close you can get to it and still see,” said Willman. Nevco, one of the two bidding companies, will also include three cameras in the package.
“When our children gets up on stage to graduate, you will be able to see them on the big screen,” said Willman.
Rather than have the video monitors and scoreboards in a cluster in the center of the arena, the monitors will be configured with four scoreboards catty-corner to each other.
“We are quickly approaching the time where we have to be laying conduit in the ground. We are not asking permission to go out and buy it, only to go forth with this company,” said Willman.
While the two systems are comparable, there are two ways that they differ significantly: The conduits required to run the system and the price tag.
“Nevco flew out from St. Louis, and they spent the day with us. They demonstrated the system and answered all our questions. The other company told us ‘our reputation sells us',” said Willman. Willman recommended Nevco because of their attention to detail, the personal attention, the recommendation of their references and the fact that the Nevco system is $58,000 cheaper.
“Nevco gave us a presentation, they have a good package and a lowered price. What we gave them, they are able to meet our needs. We feel like they want to be a part of our arena,” said Willman. “They will also hold the price for us.”
The DCFA voted to allow Willman, and Luke Willman, no relation, to move forward in preparation for the scoreboard.
Additionally, the pair discussed planning for the sound system. The DCFA once again voted to allow the Willman's to move forward on planning for the sound system, with Marshall Koontz of Marshall music.