MARINETTE — The Marinette City Council Tuesday approved several change orders for the Community REC Center construction plans and reviewed a list of the project's highest levels of donors and the planned naming rights they will receive.

Dan Bay, senior project manager for Scherrer Construction Co. Inc., and construction manager for the site, Judd Klade, gave the council an update on the construction progress. Bay said the construction team is currently working on installing the glass in the building's main atrium, finishing the offices and masonry, installing cabinets and bathroom partitions, painting, plumbing and pouring the concrete to go over the heated tubing beneath the ice rink. 

He added that there have been no safety violations as of yet on the project. 

"It's going along real well," Bay said, but conceded that below zero temperatures had held back the crew from pouring concrete in some areas. 

He explained that there were nine change orders in the scope of work for January, as well as two credits. The credits outweighed the cost of the changes, Bay explained, so no change of funds was necessary. 

Mayor Steve Genisot said that tours of the new Community REC Center were still available, and asked that those interested coordinate with the mayor's office to ensure a tour guide and protective equipment were available for touring. The council unanimously approved the change orders as requested, with the exception of a few still in need of signatures from officials that were tabled for another meeting. 

Genisot also distributed a sheet regarding naming rights for the highest levels of donors to the Community REC Center project, and asked Ward 4 Alderman Brian Walters for an update on the donation process and the naming rights already claimed. 

Walters explained that the fund-raising group for the project had six donor levels for naming rights based on the amount of money donated: Partner level, $10,000 to $19,999; Advocate level, $20,000 to $49,999; Benefactor level, $50,000 to $99,999; Ambassador level, $100,000 to $199,999; Visionary level, $200,000 to $499,999; and Legacy level, $500,000 and up.

So far, Walters said, there are 25 individuals, families, groups and businesses that had requested naming rights, a variety of which have been given around the new facility. He noted that a few of the naming rights may seem unconventional, but the rights were requested by the donor specifically. 

According to the list, Legacy donors Ryan and Lori Hmielewski will receive a commemorative sign on the entrance and exit corridor outside the turf gym in the center, and legacy donors Bay Area Medical Center (BAMC) received naming rights for the Community REC Center on the building's front sign. Visionary donor Waupaca Foundry has naming rights for the scoreboard in the ice arena, and the Ambassador level donor Stephenson National Bank & Trust will receive naming rights to the center ice logo and the entrance and exit corridor to the convention/tennis center, while the M&M Thunder Hockey Association, another Ambassador donor, will receive recognition in the entrance and exit corridor into the ice center. 

Benefactor, Advocate and Partner naming rights range from the food court, meeting rooms and locker rooms to player benches, penalty boxes and turf gym scoreboards. 

"I think we've tried to recognize if someone gave $100,000, versus $10,000," Genisot added. "They may have a little more prominent display, but we are respectful of all those that donated." 

"While this is what we have to this date, there is still opportunity for people to donate," Walters said. 

The council unanimously approved the presented donor list in order for the city to move forward with procuring signs and plaques to recognize the high level donors. 

In other business, the council: 

¦ Received an update from BAMC regarding the construction progress on the new hospital, located at 3003 University Drive. A full story will follow in Thursday's EagleHerald. 

¦ Welcomed the new Recreation Executive Director Gavin Scray to his new position. Scray, a De Pere, Wis. native, previously managed community recreation complexes in Pleasant Prairie, Wis. and Black River Falls, Wis. 

¦ Supported the mayor in officially proclaiming March 2 as Read Across America Day and, via a resolution, recognized the second Saturday in May as International Migratory Bird Day.