Brighter future ahead for Indoor Arena at Crockett Park
By Marcus Stone, Sports Editor
The Indoor Arena at Crockett Park’s future is bright thanks to a renovation process that has temporarily closed the facility.
“We are redoing the lighting that’s in the building,” said Gordon Hampton, deputy director of Williamson County Parks and Recreation. “Since the facility was built, the lighting has just gotten progressively worse because it’s indirect lighting.”
A light engineer hired by Parks and Rec did a foot-candle test on the facility and discovered it was below standards for an indoor arena of its size. A foot-candle is a non-SI unit of luminance or light intensity.
In the exploration process, WCPR discovered they qualified for a Tennessee Valley Authority program that gave the organization incentives to change the system to one that is brighter and more energy efficient.
“It just turned out to be a win/win no-brainer,” Hampton said. “It really doesn’t seem like it could be true, but it’s a higher output and more efficient light system than is already there.”
The incentives from TVA will cover the cost while Williamson County should expect to save money every month thanks to a decreased light bill.
Stansell Electric won the bid and began work July 8 – a few weeks later than had been originally planned. An award-winning, multi-disciplined electrical contractor, Stansell Electric provides turnkey solutions, including traditional and design-build construction services as well as complex electrical and communication system engineering.
“We’re really a couple of weeks behind schedule but that had to do with the contracts and everything being signed,” Hampton said. “We’ll be through by the end of the month.”
The Indoor Arena, located at 1485 Volunteer Pkwy in Brentwood, is a multipurpose building that is primarily used for indoor soccer. Hampton estimates that the complex’s resources is divided 50-percent to soccer, 25-percent to lacrosse, and 25-to flag football – which is quickly gaining steam.
With the facility closed for roughly a month, events such as soccer camps were relocated outdoors.
Always a busy building, WCPR were forced to pick a time in their calendar when they thought it would be best to shutdown the complex for four weeks.
“During the middle of the summer was the best time for us to have the opportunity to close that building down for about a month,” Hampton said. “(Workers) will have plenty of time to go in and do all the work they need to do.”
The arena’s website indicates leagues and activities were shutdown June 17 and will remain so through July 31.
Posted on: 7/10/2013