By MICHAEL KITCH, LACONIA DAILY SUN
TILTON — Work is underway on the Granite Dome, an indoor field sport facility and adjoining clubhouse built on a 10.7-acre lot on Bittern Lane near Exit 20 on I-93, which will be open to competitive and recreational leagues and athletes of ages and levels throughout the Lakes Region.
The project is being undertaken by Paula Hiuser, a well known businesswoman in the region whose experience includes owning and operating Lakes Region Volkswagen and Audi in Gilford and serving as vice president and commercial sales manager of TD Bank.
The facility will be housed in an air-supported field house with 42,000 square feet of unobstructed space with convertible dasher boards, skylights and LED lighting, which can be maintained at a comfortable temperature in all seasons. The structure consists of a fire-resistant outer membrane of high-tensile acrylic and vinyl-coated polyester welded to a thermal/acoustical membrane with insulation between the two. The dome will be heated with an indirect fired gas furnace. The dome is manufactured by Yeadon Fabric Domes LLC of Minneapolis, Minnesota, which has erected 600 domes around the world in all climates.
In addition, there will be a 32,000-square-foot clubhouse with lockers, restrooms, and utility space as well as a 700 square foot studio, pro shop and small cafe. There are parking spaces for 243 vehicles.
Using the portable dasher boards the field can be divided into three playing surfaces, each 120 feet by 80 feet, for regular play. They can be reconfigured to a 200-foot-by-65-foot field, with space beyond the boundary, for tournament play. The field can host soccer, lacrosse, field hockey, flag football, rugby, Ultimate Frisbee, fly ball and canine agility competition, an indoor driving range, volleyball and fitness training.
Granite Dome LLC will operate the facility, with Hiuser responsible for overall operations, financial management, sales and strategic partnership. William Bald, vice president of Melcher and Prescott Insurance, will manage talent acquisition, human resources and risk management. Mike Gagnon of JG Realty, who has close ties to the soccer community, will direct the marketing program.
Editor's note: In the above story, The Laconia Daily Sun would like to make clear that the only work underway consists of dredging and filling 26,000 square feet of wetland in compliance with a permit issued by the New Hampshire Department of Environment Services. William Bald, a partner in the project, said that although the project has been approved by the Tilton Planning Board, other permits must be obtained and other conditions fulfilled before construction of the proposed facility.
The Granite Dome is being built in Tilton near Exit 20 of I-93. A similar domed field exists in Milford. (Courtesy photo)
This is the interior of the Milford domed field. The Tilton facility is expected to offer live streaming, catering, a pro shop, a club house and more. (Courtesy photo)
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