KENNEWICK — The Kennewick City Council hopes to have a 22,000 square-foot indoor sports pavilion added to the Southridge Sports Complex by the end of summer.
The council on Tuesday approved a $3.2 million contract for William Charles West to erect the building this summer.
The pavilion will be Kennewick's first indoor practice facility, said Terry Walsh, the city's director of community relations.
And it will be the city's first facility made with tensioned membrane stretched over an aluminum ribbed superstructure.
Known as a Sprung Instant Structure, and named for the company that developed the product, the building is designed to withstand snow and wind without need for load-bearing interior walls.
Walsh said the structure, which is tentlike in appearance but has doors, windows, insulation and heating and cooling systems, will be large enough to house two basketball courts or a scaled down soccer field.
"We intend to market it as an events center for such things as car shows, concerts and weddings," Walsh said.
Versatility, expandability and how quickly it can be built are the big advantages of a Sprung structure, said Peter Beaudry, the city's director of municipal services.
Kennewick's pavilion will have a concrete floor with a removable overlay of rubber tiles. It will have a mezzanine, elevator and a brick and glass front, Beaudry said.
The new facility will be located at the southeast corner of Hildebrand and Southridge boulevards.
Walsh said city officials expect the pavilion to be ready to debut to the public at the annual fall "City Night Event," which typically is held at the Grange Park on Union Street.
The pavilion is part of the city's plans for the Southridge Sports Complex that is nearing completion with ball fields and soccer fields.
The city received nine bids for the pavilion project, ranging as high as $3.6 million. The engineer's estimate was just under $3.4 million.
The project bid includes all construction costs, site preparation, a concrete plaza, lighting, landscaping and irrigation work.