(Construction projects on both sides of the Missouri River continue to show progress.
Despite the many rainy days the past two months, work has continued.
The projects range from the Bismarck Civic Center to a new Burleigh County shop to the Mandan airport.
Reporter LeAnn Eckroth provides updates on projects in Bismarck, Mandan, Burleigh County and Morton County.)
Building projects on Bismarck Park District property this summer are intended to improve athletic and arts venues.
Sleepy Hollow Theatrer Group completed its new stage and orchestra pit in mid-June after painting it with two coats of a weather protectant.
Work started on the project last October and crews worked through the winter.
The $450,000 project is being paid for through company donations, grant funding and individual contributions, said Susan Lundberg, executive director the children’s outdoor theater group.
”It’s bigger and it’s higher. The orchestra pit balances the sound better and the walkaround allows the performers to move around better. They have more room and will be right out in front of the audience,” she said. “There is a better sight line for the audience.”
To better weather-proof the stage, the next major project planned is a pavilion. Lundberg said that would make the stage a three-season production site and better protect it from the elements.
The theater group uses the park via a 25-year lease agreement with the Bismarck Park Board. In that agreement, the park board approves building projects for Sleepy Hollow.
A $587,000 renovation project is underway for Schaumberg Arena to replace the facility’s dasher board system, put in a new concrete floor, install a new refrigeration piping system and add an overhead door.
“Our staff has removed the old dasher board system. The contractor is putting in the overhead door now,” said Randy Bina, executive park director for the Bismarck Park District.
He said once the door is done, the contractor will remove the old sand floor base and begin replacing the refrigeration system and the sand floor with the concrete.
Bina said the work will be completed by Oct. 1. Northwest Contracting is the general contractor.