Officials of the Colorado River Union High School District (CRUHSD) have announced completion of the purchase of a 15 acre site near the south end of the Bullhead Parkway for the Colorado River Fieldhouse. Final negotiations were approved last month by the CRUHSD school board, but details could not be released until both parties signed binding contracts, escrow closed and the title was transferred.

This will be the fourth CRUHSD campus. It will be located immediately northwest of the Mohave Crossroads Shopping Center and southwest of Mohave Community College, adjacent to the new Colorado River bridge connecting Laughlin and Bullhead City being built by the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) and the City of Bullhead City. The City and CRUHSD are also working together on necessary construction permits.

Construction is expected to be completed in 2019, in time for Mohave High School’s 50th anniversary; River Valley High School turned 25 this year.

After reviewing a number of private sale and donation proposals, the District purchased the land for $750,000, which is included in the $35 million school bond approved by voters last fall. Approximately $32 million is for the fieldhouse, with $3 million for improvements at Mohave in Bullhead City and River Valley in Mohave Valley. School improvements will be phased in over several years to minimize classroom interruptions.

District officials had previously announced that negotiations began in earnest with several landowners immediately after the bond passed. Groundbreaking ceremonies are being planned for late September when the weather will be cooler. However, as part of the site preparation process, the District will give away mesquite wood on the property. Individuals, non-profit organizations and other parties interested in the mesquite should contact the District office for additional information.

In January the CRUHSD board approved Orcutt | Winslow and International Coliseums Corp. for architectural and design services and CORE Construction as the construction manager. CORE was also the contractor for Lee Williams High School in Kingman. Seabury Fritz Architects of Ft. Mohave is also providing architectural services.

CORE has already pledged to use local services and subcontractors at every opportunity and will be holding a subcontractor information fair in Bullhead City next month for those interested in bidding on fieldhouse work. Details of that event will be released shortly.

“The fieldhouse is first and foremost for our children and youth,” said Superintendent Riley Frei. “We’re really excited about the future opportunities the fieldhouse brings as a focal point for academic, athletic and community needs.”

CORE, CRUHSD and the City will also be working with both the nearby Rio Lomas neighborhood and the Mohave Crossroads Shopping Center to minimize any disruptions during the construction process. Fieldhouse developments will be updated beginning in August at www.crsfieldhouse.com.

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