AMG & Associates wins Peabody Stadium contract in Santa Barbara

Laura DePriest poses for a picture as she leans against a tree at William S. Hart Regional Park in Newhall on March 25, 2017. She is moving into a condominium on Tuesday after being homeless for two and a half years. Nikolas Samuels/The Signal

AMG & Associates, Inc., a Santa Clarita-based public works contractor, has been awarded a $29-million contract to overhaul and update Peabody Stadium at Santa Barbara High School.

The contract with the Santa Barbara Unified School District follows voter approval of two construction bonds last fall. Contracts were officially awarded on July 25.

The Peabody project will be an update to the nearly century-old stadium at Santa Barbara High School, AMG said in a statement. The 40-acre campus was built in 1924, making it the third oldest high school in California.

Since the current grandstand does not meet today’s building or accessibility codes, the major renovation will include a new 2,300-seat concrete grandstand, with a classroom, team room, weight room and press box; a synthetic surface track, which meets California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) standards, to replace the current asphalt track—one of the last in California; a combination football, soccer and lacrosse field with artificial turf; directional and shielded stadium lights; sound amplification system; a major storm water drainage system; and site underground utilities upgrades.

The project was designed by KBZ Architects to serve not only the high school students, but also the surrounding community as a resource for exercise, family play time, and sports groups. Completion is slated for the spring of 2019.

The addition of this project puts AMG’s work in progress and total backlog to just under $100M. This coincides with company president Albert Giacomazzi’s projection of a 40 percent company revenue increase from 2016 to 2017, which dovetails the 134 percent three-year average growth that caused AMG to be recognized on Inc. 5000’s 2016 Fastest Growing Private Companies in America.

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