Pickerington High School Central's Tiger Stadium is slated for a facilities upgrade, after school board officials' recent approval of a restroom renovation.
Although it won't be finished this football season, Tiger Stadium is expected to see the construction of a new women's restroom and ex- pansion of the men's restroom by March.
On Aug. 26, the Pickerington Board of Education unanimously approved a $519,000 contract with Columbus-based Gutknecht Construction to build a 2,000-square-foot women's restroom and storage unit at the stadium.
The project also will result in the men's restroom being expanded into the former women's facilities.
"This project (has been planned) a lot of years," Lori Sanders, a school board member said prior to the contract's approval. "It's been a timing issue.
"Really, it's a pleasant surprise because our estimate four years ago really wasn't much difference."
Vince Utterback, Pickerington Local School District business manager, said the Gutknecht contract was the lowest of four or five bids the district received for the project.
"The original restrooms down there are from a long time ago," he said. "We've grown since then, and it's really inadequate right now.
"The storage unit will be for field equipment. Some of that is stored under the bleachers now and this will allow us to move it indoors."
During the Aug. 26 meeting, Board Member Lisa Reade said the project would significantly upgrade amenities for the stadium's female guests.
"The women's restrooms down at the stadium will go from three toilets to 20," she said. "We think that's impressive."
Utterback said the new restroom also will have eight faucets.