State College, Pa- The State College Area School District’s (SCASD) School Board is voting on awarding the construction bids for Memorial Field, Tuesday night (at a special meeting).
At the meeting, the board is also deciding on the timeline for the field’s renovation. They have two options: a base plan, and an alternate plan.
WTAJ looked into the options school board members are considering, and the costs associated with each plan.
SCASD’s School Board will have to decide from one of two construction schedules:
-A more streamlined construction schedule, without any teams playing in Memorial Field in the fall of 2019.
-A broken-up construction timeline that allows falls sports teams to play at Memorial field for two seasons… but with more costs, and the potential for more construction set-backs.
More details on both options are below:
Shoes on the turf at Memorial Field may be a thing of the past this summer. This all depends on SCASD’s School Board.
The board could choose to approve a timeline for construction that begins next month and lasts for up to 17 months…. hopefully allowing the stadium to open in the fall of 2020.
But, an alternate timeline would see begin construction later this summer, and bring it to a hault for both the 2019 and 2020 fall sports seasons….keeping Memorial Field open for the next two fall seasons.
If the alternate timeline is approved, construction will take up to eight months longer. This means the renovations would not be complete until a year after the more streamlined plan.
The alternate plan also carries extra costs, and the potential for construction problems.
“We’d be stopping a project and working in the midst in a project, which has some inherent risk with it, and additionally the cost would be about $578,000 more,” said Ed Poprik, SCASD’s Director of Physical Plant.
That figure, when added with other costs would take the project from an $14.1 million cost (streamlined timeline), to a $15 million cost (alternate timeline).
At their last meeting, SCASD’s School Board considered removing certain items from the project, like walkways that connect the visiting and home bleachers, and a second concession stand. Cutting these items would save about $485,000 from the project. But, the board decided it was worth the extra cost to keep these items.
Based on their decision Tuesday evening, there may be another field where fall sports will be played this year.
Check back to WTAJ’s website and Facebook page for more on where this alternate field is located, and some additions SCASD’s School Board may make to the field for football season.