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$75k to tear down Davis Field grandstands

It looks like it will cost the Elma School District about $75,000 when all is said and done and the venerable Davis Field grandstands are toppled to the ground sometime this summer.

The Elma School Board accepted the low bid of $75,000 from WM Dickson Co. of Tacoma to demolish the structure. The board also accepted the second bid of just more than $79,500 — on a contingency basis in case of any issues with the low bidder — from Aberdeen-based Gene Yakovich Trucking and Excavation.

But a project engineer with WM Dickson didn’t think there would be any issues with his company fulfilling its side of the deal for the bid amount. According the the company website, “Dickson Company has demolished more structures in Washington State than any other contractor, and has the expertise to complete any type of demolition project.”

“It’s just tall,” said WM Dickson project manager Demian Hinkle, when asked if the aging, wooden grandstands posed any unique challenges. “It probably justifies going with a high-rise (demolition machine) out there to get it down safely.”

Hinkle said the actual demolition work should take about two weeks, “but there’s a little restoration work (to the site) that we’ll need to do afterward.”

The work will not begin until after school is out for summer, said district Superintendent Howard King.

“We’ve got spring football practice. I believe that ends June 11,” said King, “so sometime between the end of school and mid-July it will be down.”

There were a total of six bids on the project, ranging as high as $129,088.

The other bids were from:

• W.W. Construction of Bothell — $87,790

• NW Rock of Aberdeen — $91,333

• Rhine Demolition of Tacoma — $101,245.60

• Kamin Excavation of Shelton — $129,088

According to its website, “Dickson Company regularly performs selective demolition and complete building demolition for the public and private sectors. Dickson Company has demolished thousands of structures, including barracks and other military structures, industrial plants and facilities, schools, bridges, stores, mills, apartments, office buildings, houses and many more.”

As part of the contract, Dickson will have the rights to any and all salvage materials the school does not remove prior to demolition.”

There was some talk at an earlier school board meeting of the high school removing some items, such as the benches fans used for decades — and selling some as a fundraiser, but that has not been done as of yet.

“Right now, we’re still exploring how much of an interest there is in that,” King said. “If people are interested in owning a piece of the stands, it’s still a possibility, but we don’t have any definite plan right now, but we’ll see.”

Other than that, Hinkle said any salvageable metal his company gets will be sold to licensed scrap yards and some of the larger-dimension lumber could be sold to timber salvage yards if it “doesn’t have any contaminants.”