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West Platte Building Starts With Stadium

 Work on a new Football/Track Stadium will begin this spring, as part of Phase I of the West Platte Building Program.
The first phase will also include a road Phase II will include the district office and roadway linking the drive behind the school to Benner Park.
Phase III is the Maintenance Building below the soccer field in Benner Park.
Phase IV is adding the High School cafeteria, multi-purpose room below it, and a new entry to the back of the building.
“The track and field had to go first to have it cure out by March the next year,” said architect Gordon Kimball with HTK. “It will be ready for the 2016 football season. He said they were in the design phase for the stadium and would schedule visits to nearby facilities. He expects to have the design by mid-April so that they can collect and accept bids and get started this summer.
The entire project is projected to be finished by May, 2017.

 Jackson Nowotny, Weston, presents at Capitol

 Some of the state’s most remarkable students gathered March 10 for the University of Missouri System’s annual Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol in Jefferson City. In total, 59 students from the university’s four campuses discussed their research with senators, representatives and other visitors.
 Jackson Nowotny of Weston, a University of Missouri-Columbia student majoring in computer science, was among the participants.  Nowotny presented his research titled, “A Computational Approach to Construct Three-Dimensional Models of Human Chromosomes” under the direction of Dr. Jianlin Cheng, associate professor of computer science.  Nowotny also had an opportunity to meet with his legislators, Senator Rob Schaaf and Representative Galen Higdon.  Nowotny is the son of Brian and Heidi Nowotny of Weston.

Jackson Nowotny with his research exhibit.

 * Washington-Spring Street Project On Track to Start

Engineers for the city expect to open bids for the Washington-Spring Street project on April 30, paving the way for the project to begin as soon as all the construction and permanent easements have been signed.
Curt Talcott, from Larkin, Lampe, Rynearson, gave an update at a special meeting of the Weston Board of Aldermen Thursday, March 19.
He said they have the last of the easements on Spring Street, but still need to acquire more along Washington Street. He suggested the board have a special meeting April 2 and have a notary present to make it easier for residents to sign the easements at that time.

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