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Case Study: Kirksville High School

Project Overview

Cost: $4,458,538

Duration: May 2, 2022 – November 30, 2022

In 2022, Byrne & Jones embarked on an ambitious project to develop a new home for Kirksville High School’s baseball and softball teams, right on the school district’s campus.

Scope of Work:

Our comprehensive scope of work included site excavation, all site utilities, and the installation of full synthetic baseball and softball fields. The project also featured masonry block dugouts, net backstop systems, foul poles, bull pens, batting cages, scoreboards, fencing, a plaza area, and an asphalt parking lot.

A picture of the Kirksville High School Sports Complex

Design and Value Engineering

Collaborating closely with Kirksville High School, our design team, led by Mike Czeschin, creatively adapted the project plans to align with budget constraints without compromising on quality. Our ability to modify and evolve the project reflected our commitment to both value and excellence.

Community Impact and Feedback

The new sports complex not only serves the school’s teams but also meets multiple needs across the district. It offers facilities for PE classes and opportunities to host tournaments and summer league games. Activities Director Sara Williams noted the project’s significant community benefits.

Testimonial from Tricia L. Reger, Assistant Superintendent

I wanted to take a moment to document the satisfaction we have had in recently completing a new baseball and softball field complex in partnership with Byrne & Jones.  Our project started with a dream to provide a full turf field for both our softball and baseball student athletes.  We wanted the best for our kids and the staff at Byrne and Jones worked diligently to make that happen.  

From our first meeting with Mike Czeschin, our project began to evolve and develop perfectly reflecting the ideas and plans we had.  We had to modify along the way to be sure we could afford our project and Mike continued to work diligently to make those adjustments.  He was consistently patient as we worked through different ideas to ensure value in our project.  He made suggestions along the way but ultimately allowed us to make the final decisions. He met with us weekly and emailed, called and texted often to ensure all our questions were answered and our project stayed on track.  In addition, I know there were many behind the scenes conversations happening as well.  Mike’s attention to detail and organized leadership was instrumental in helping us complete a project that exceeded our expectations.   

In addition, Vern Reckamp was our site superintendent.  Vern was by far the hardest working contractor we have had on our campus.  He kept the day to day operations of our project moving along smoothly.  Anything we asked of him, he made happen.  He consistently handled any issues that came up with a “can do” attitude and handled every challenge with great skill.  He took pride in his work, which was very evident and greatly appreciated.  

 It was also important to us that our Vocational Center students get to be a part of this project.  We wanted them to be able to construct the press boxes, ticket booth and concession stand.  While this posed its own challenges, to have students working onsite, Mike and Vern did a fabulous job of allowing this to happen and incorporating our students into the project every chance they got.  We are very grateful for their extra work and patience that allowed our students to be able to have this experience.   

Over the course of this project, I stated multiple times to our board that we had most definitely made the right choice by going with Byrne & Jones.  Mike and Vern were a big part of the success of this project and I can’t thank them enough.  The Kirksville R-III School District is now able to host baseball and softball events in a facility that they are extremely proud of.  Thank you, Mike, Vern and Byrne & Jones, for making this project a reality for the Kirksville community.

Tricia L. Reger 
Assistant Superintendent