VLK Architects Celebrates Ribbon Cutting of New Hutto Memorial Stadium
(Hutto, Texas) – VLK Architects joins the Hutto Independent School District and Joeris General Contractors to honor the official unveiling of the new Hutto Memorial Stadium on Friday, December 10th, 2021. The Hutto Memorial Stadium facility upgrades will meet the needs of the community’s growing population for many years to come.
The stadium additions and renovations included in the voter-approved 2019 Bond incorporate seating for 10,000 patrons, a new visitors field house, new home and visitors concessions and restroom facilities, an enhanced LED video display board, a new multi-level press box and film deck, and additional site upgrades to support these facilities.
“On behalf of the Board of Trustees, we introduce and welcome the Hutto community to its newest and most visible district facility,” said Celina Estrada Thomas, Ph.D., Superintendent of Hutto ISD. “We are proud of the architectural design by VLK Architects and the final building by Joeris Construction. Hutto Memorial Stadium is so much more than an athletic venue, it is also a prime teaching and learning site, a place where students realize their hopes and dreams for the future, and a place where everyone is family. We look forward to hosting our students, families, community members, and hundreds of future hippos in the years ahead.”
Five years ago, the stadium was renamed Hutto Memorial Stadium in honor of veterans and first responders. The new field house is named after Kyle G. West, a former Hutto High School student who gave his life serving our country in Operation Desert Storm. Plaques honoring each branch of the military are displayed on a wall inside the stadium, and a chair is designated on the front row of the home-side grandstands to honor prisoners of war and those missing in action.
“Hippo pride is incorporated in the stadium’s design,” said Todd Robison, Director of Purchasing for Hutto ISD. “Austin-based VLK Architects did a good job ensuring the stadium has ‘the Hutto look’ such as a silo appearance. We identify with being a unique, and so we want our new stadium to have some uniqueness to it as well.”
Despite inflation in the construction industry and weather-related setbacks, the project team relentlessly worked to complete the final changes on the stadium. The total price for the renovations and additions to Hutto Memorial Stadium was $18 million.