Collaboration results in world-class stadium
The El Dorado, KS community is a case-study in what can be accomplished through teamwork.
When the city, the local school district, and the local community college decided to work together to solve their infrastructure needs, the result far exceeded anyone's expectations.
Community's vision launches project
The BG Products Veterans Sports Complex is the result of collaboration and joint funding by the city of El Dorado, USD 490, Butler Community College, and private donations. They shared a vision to give their community a first-class athletic facility.
Eliminating duplication had big payoff
The need was clear. Existing facilities were inadequate to meet the demands of either the college or the public school district. Instead of choosing to upgrade separate existing facilities, which would result in duplication and increased expense, funds were pooled and plans for a single, better-equipped stadium began.
Funding for the project was fairly evenly divided between the city, the college, and the school district. The city donated land and utilities.
Private donations were also made, which enabled stadium amenities to be enhanced beyond original plans. BG Products, an El Dorado-based automotive products firm, was the lead donor.
Wes Britson, PEC project manager, explains, "This was an exciting project because the community was so overwhelmingly enthusiastic and supportive. Vince Haines from PKHLS designed a great venue, and the contractor completed construction in time for the Butler Community College season opener."
Contractor tackles rocky ground
Despite the support for the stadium, there were some challenges. Part of the project's purpose was to provide flood control on the city-owned site that had previously been a golf course. Shallow limestone made excavation of the site difficult. The excavation contractor brought in specialized equipment with 10-foot diameter saws to turn the rock into rubble.
"We worked around the clock for several months excavating rock," says Britson. "That's a lot of rock excavation. But it resulted in better flood control."
Today, the community and its students enjoy a world-class athletic facility. The stadium has seating for 4,000, with press boxes, spectator suites, and a media room for press conferences. "The jumbotron scoreboard is on par with any university's I've seen," says Britson.
A stadium fit for champions
City leaders hope the facility's exceptional amenities will attract regional track, soccer and football events.
BG Products Veterans Sports Complex is a stadium fit for the six-time Butler Community College national football champions. And a fitting reward for the vision creativity and collaboration of the El Dorado community.
To celebrate the project's success, the PEC design team was invited to enjoy a BCC game in the PKHLS spectator suite.
Said Britson, "That was a great view . . . and a great night with friends."