Synergy Vault close to game ready

By Jamie Harkins

March 16, 2017 12:00 AM

The completion of the Synergy Vault: Home of the Raiders just crossed second base.
“I am beyond excited to use the Synergy Vault,” said Holy Rosary High School Raiders athlete Maggie Rusteika. “It’s something that has been talked about for a while and I can’t wait to actually be able to get in there and use it. The Synergy Vault will make our already great ball program even better.”
Melanie Stelmaschuk, chief financial officer with the Lloydminster Catholic School Division (LCSD), said all the necessary subcontractors have started working on their respective parts of the main structure of the 23,000 sq-ft indoor artificial turf facility that is being built adjacent to Holy Rosary High School (HRHS).
She said it is anticipated that the interior along with the preparation of the gravel pad that will provide the platform for the artificial turf will be completed in another one to two months.
The facility will include an athletic field large enough for practice space for football, soccer, baseball, rugby and other sports and activities. The main ground work including designs and the erection of the steel frame on the 135-ft wide and 175-ft long Synergy Vault was finished last fall with the main structure continuing to evolve since the start of the New Year.
Stelmaschuk said the facility’s vestibule, storage and end walls still need to be closed, its mechanical and electrical work has yet to be completed, the interior finishes to the roof and walls of the Synergy Vault aren’t done and ground prep for the artificial turf is still on the way. She said the last item to be installed within the facility will be the artificial turf with the Synergy Vault opening once this is completed.
“All work thus far has been paid for,” said Stelmaschuk, noting it has cost just over $1 million to reach this point in its construction.
“Due to conservative financial practices, LCSD has been able over a number of years to set aside unspent funds for larger projects to enhance students’ educational experience. LCSD was also able to strengthen an already great long-standing partnership with Synergy Credit Union to support the initial investment as well as continued support of the Synergy Vault.”
Becky Grassl, a physical education teacher and basketball coach at HRHS, said they currently have numerous phys-ed classes going every period of the day and are always trying to find space within the school to accommodate them.
She said the Synergy Vault is going to ease their multi-class coordinating and help them deliver the outdoor spring and summer sports and activities to their semestered classes and in bad weather.
“Our ball programs and soccer teams will definitely benefit the most from the Synergy Vault,” said Grassl. “Having our own facility for them to use year-round will, without a doubt, aid them in their development.”
The Synergy Vault was introduced late last summer as the first phase of a strategic expansion plan until Holy Rosary’s future expansion is approved and constructed to include a second gymnasium, further field developments and environmental projects. The initial projection was the facility would open its doors to HRHS students and the general community in December 2017.
Ashley Fullarton, a HRHS soccer coach and physical education teacher, said the new state-of-the-art Synergy Vault will not only help the school with their specialized programs and regular phys-ed classes, but provide a place for development for their athletic programs as well.
She said because it will be open to members of the pubic, the facility should also provide a greater social outlet in Lloydminster and one that fosters community spirit.
“As a softball player, the Synergy Vault will help me a lot because it gives me somewhere to practise during the winter months,” said Rusteika. “It will help me improve my game year-round. Lloyd doesn’t always have the best weather, so the Synergy Vault will give me a place to go when the diamonds aren’t an option.”

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