Logger Stadium to Begin Phase 1 Construction

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Five Star Builders will construct Booster snack shack/restroom facility this spring

By Scott Laird, Courtesy of Vernonia's Voice

After several delays, the Logger Stadium Committee is moving forward with Phase 1 of their project, with the construction of a snack shack and restroom facility to serve the sports fields at the Vernonia Schools Campus. Five Star Builders from Banks has been selected as the General Contractor for the facility, with construction scheduled to begin in March 2023 and completed by May 2023. Titus & Sons and the Vernonia School District are currently completing site prep work ahead of the start of construction.

The project will see the return of Five Star Builders to the Vernonia community. Five Star has previously constructed the West Oregon Electric Co-op headquarters, the Vernonia Health Center, and the Vernonia Senior Center/Vernonia Cares Food Pantry facility. The Logger Stadium project is being organized by the Logger Stadium Committee, a group of volunteers, in collaboration with the Vernonia Booster Club, a local non-profit. In addition to the construction of the snack shack/restroom facility, the project includes Phase 2 – the construction of a covered seating area with capacity for 900 fans at the football field/track, and Phase 3 – a team room for teams and coaches, and storage. A subcommittee, made up of members Gordon Jarman, Jason Busch, Thomas Jones, Darlene McLeod, and Lisa Curry, will oversee the construction of Phase 1.

The Logger Stadium Committee has been campaigning for two years to raise funds for the project. To date, over 350 donors have contributed over $325,000 through donations – including in-kind donations, fundraising activities, and grants. Outreach to Vernonia High School alumni has created wide-ranging interest in the project. Major sponsors include the Ford Family Foundation, Bill Hanson, Randy Holce, and the Vernonia Education Foundation, along with other partners, including Vernonia School District, Columbia Economic Team, Gwin and Sons Logging, Samuel S. Johnson Foundation, Fred Bender, Michael Cowen, Boxer & Pam Cox, and Marsha Krieger King.

As Phase 1 gets ready to start construction, Committee members are now looking for donated construction materials to help lower costs. Cost for Phase 1 is estimated at $250,000. Total cost of all three phases of the project is expected to be around $1.1 million. To contribute to the project, click here. To donate materials to the project contact Gordon Jarman at GJarman@VernoniaK12.org or 503-369-2126.