By Jared Arnold/The Independent Staff
The contract between Chewelah School District and AM Landshaper, Inc. was signed Monday afternoon, October 17, for the improvements at Snyder Track and Football Field. The $654,000 contract was awarded after a competitive bidding process that also included higher bids from WM Winkler Co. and Wuesthoff Excavation, Inc.
A pre-construction conference led by David Huotari of ALSC Architects was held the same day to review project details including site access, construction traffic, quality control, and construction timeline. Chewelah schools Superintendent Rick Linehan, Maintenance Supervisor Steve Savitz, and Business Manager Michele Wright were on-hand to discuss the project with AM Landshaper owners Mark Albin and Tye McGee, SPVV landscape architect Tom Sherry, DCI Engineers’ Stephen Matkin, and Andy Eliason from AllWest Testing & Engineering.
Albin explained that his company hopes to get started this week on the project and will spend approximately three weeks removing the existing track and field materials and replacing it with 16,000 cubic yards of structural fill material from Colville Construction’s rock quarry north of Chewelah. He said that residents in the area of the track, especially in the area of West Franklin Ave. and North 3rd St. East, should expect increased construction traffic over the next three weeks as up to five trucks will be moving materials to the work site.
Albin said that work will resume next spring, as soon as weather permits, to finish the landscaping, irrigation, plant grass, and do the asphalt base for the track. The final synthetic track surfacing will be installed by another company.
AM Landshaper, Inc. has been in business since 1992 and recently finished a combination baseball and softball field for Northwood Middle School in Spokane. They have also done work for Washington State University, Spokane Falls Community College, Safeco Field, Tacoma Rainiers, and many other public and private customers.