Marin High School Gets Major Stadium Upgrades

The former stadium grandstand, concessions and storage buildings at the Marin Catholic High School in Kentfield were replaced and later dedicated as part of a tribute to Dino Ghilotti, son of Richard and Nancy Motta Ghilotti.

The renovation project at Marin Catholic High School included new accessible bleachers that seat 1,242.

The former stadium grandstand, concessions and storage buildings at the Marin Catholic High School in Kentfield were replaced and later dedicated as part of a tribute to Dino Ghilotti, son of Richard and Nancy Motta Ghilotti.

Owned by the Archdiocense of San Francisco Parish and School Juridic Persons (RPSC), the high school stadium and other improvements were built by general contractor Midstate Construction. Brown Reynolds Watford Architects created the new design, and KPFF Consulting Engineers were the structural engineers for the project. Musco Lighting installed dark sky and light spill controls.

The renovation, completed in October, included the demolition of the old bleachers followed by the construction of a 7,025-square-foot field house, two locker rooms, public restrooms, a training room, a state-of-the-art weight room and a concession stand along with storage and electrical rooms.

An ADA-compliant steel and aluminum bleacher with 1,242-seats and accessible ramps was built, along with a 40-foot elevator tower designed to lift those physically challenged to the top of the grandstand for access to seating and the press box. There are 16 ADA-compliant grandstand seats.

“It all started when Tim Navone, president of Marin Catholic High School, asked me if GCC would be interested in working on the modernization of the 20-year-old sports complex located at 675 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard,” said Dick Gholotti. “The timing was right and we donated the site preparation work, including the razing of the old bleachers. The idea of naming the sports complex for Dino came up in later discussions.”

Dino Ghilotti, born in 1991, grew up in San Rafael and attended the San Domenico grammar school before enrolling at Marin Catholic High School. As a youth he enjoyed playing basketball. His speed and athletic ability led him to starting positions on the Marin Catholic Wildcat basketball and football teams.

His love for football would eventually surpass his first sport. During his senior year Dino was named All League Defensive First Team at defensive back, All League Offensive Second Team at wide receiver, and an All Purpose player. Dino graduated from Marin Catholic High School in 2009 and attended the University of Miami where he earned a degree in Business Management with a minor in Art.

With everything going well at the start of 2013, Richard and Nancy were looking forward with great anticipation to son Dino’s graduation from the University of Miami and his return home to take his place in the family business headquartered in Santa Rosa. Unfortunately, just two days after graduation, a tragic auto accident in Florida took Dino’s life on Mother’s Day, May 12, 2013, while he was on his way back from a celebration near the university’s Coral Gables Campus.

“Though our family is still devastated at the loss of a young man who danced, joked and loved with all his heart, we all take comfort in knowing that he touched so many lives,” Richard Ghilotti said.

Richard and Nancy created “The DG Foundation” as a special memorial to Dino. In addition, the Dino Richard Ghilotti Motta “Canes Care for (Hurricanes) Canes” Scholarship Fund was also established in his honor at the University of Miami.

Work on the sports complex was finished on the 100th anniversary of GCC last October. The Ghilotti family, Ghilotti Construction Company, and group of family friends became the lead donors on the project by donating $1.5 million, contributing work in-kind, and through cash donations given toward the goal of raising $4.2 million required to complete the project. The remainder of the financing, about $ 2.7 million, came from key donors from the Marin Catholic community, and supporters of Marin Catholic High School’s sports program.

“Educators tell me that competitive intramural sports is one of the best ways to develop a sense of teamwork and camaraderie in young people that carries over into their personal and professional relationships and can be a key to their success. What better way to commemorate Dino’s life than to dedicate these sports facilities to a young man who exemplified the spirit of cooperation and friendship among his peers,” said Richard Ghilotti.

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