Roland’s Event Center will be ready by fall 2021

The Roland Event Center became more visible to the public eye Thursday when the roof membrane of the monolithic dome was inflated bringing the construction project that much closer to completion, Randy Martin, Roland School Superintendent, said.

“It didn’t take too long once they got started. It was kind of neat to see it go up,” he said.

The state-of-the-art event center/basketball arena which will also serve as a storm shelter was projected to be completed in 2022. However, Martin said last week, he expects the center to be finished by next fall.

Will Berry, owner of D.C. Bass Construction of Sapulpa, which is overseeing the project, said the center may even be completed as early as May of next year.

“I know the center will be completed in time for the next school year in the fall of 2021,” Berry said.

Berry compared the process of building the center to an upside down swimming pool.

“We have to build the building first and then work on the inside,” he said.

Once the roof membrane became inflated, Berry said the work now involves spraying foam for insulation followed by concrete reinforcement and the actual finishing of the concrete work.

“It’ll be a nice looking building once completed. We’re looking forward to it,” Martin said.

Roland voters passed a bond issue in 2019 to build an event center which is located adjacent to the parking lot at the high school.

The dome measures 17,663 sq. ft.; the lobby 2,700 sq. ft.; and the event center area will measure 20,363 sq. ft. The center will include a basketball arena with a capacity of 1,425 and the storm shelter will have a capacity for 3,500.

“It’s going to be a great addition for our school and community when it’s completed. I know we’re all looking forward to it,” Martin said.

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