State High’s Memorial Field gets $13.2 million in renovations

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Tonight the State College School Board voted to gather bids for renovations to Memorial Field.

The project’s final phase to rebuild the home bleachers, locker rooms, restrooms and a concession plaza is expected to cost 13-point-2 million dollars. Work should start next summer. The field will be closed in portions of fall 2019 and 2020…so the district must come up with an alternative sports schedule.

Here’s a news release from the school district from Monday night:

On Monday, Nov. 12, the State College Area School District Board of Directors approved the bidding phase for the Memorial Field renovation project. During the 2017-2018 school year, the Board voted to delay the project so that the district could focus on high school and elementary school construction projects.

The project’s final phase — including rebuilt home bleachers, locker rooms beneath the stands, improved restrooms, and a concession plaza on the site of the current Nittany Avenue Building — is expected to start in the summer of 2019.

Due to inflation, Massaro Construction Management has revised its project estimate to about $13.2 million, including soft costs such as for designs and construction management. According to previous phasing calendars, the project is scheduled for completion in the spring of 2021. However, on the recommendation of the Board’s Facilities and Grounds Committee, the Board voted to bid an alternative schedule: closing the field for the fall 2019 season and finishing the project by the fall of 2020.

According to preliminary estimates, the shorter timeline could save $500,000 to $900,000. With the Board’s approval for the bidding phase, the district administration now will research an alternate sports scheduling plan for the fall of 2019, including associated costs, with stakeholder input. Prior to voting on project bids, the Board will review the plan. Board President Amber Concepcion said having the specific costs of the two scenarios will be helpful when it comes time to choose a project schedule and corresponding bids.

Before the vote, the Board received a capital financing analysis from Finance and Operations Officer Randy Brown. The analysis included a capital reserve projection showing an ending fund balance of more than $14 million in 2050. Brown said the analysis was intended not only to provide confidence for moving the Memorial Field project to bidding, but also to stress that his office will keep on managing the district’s capital reserve and debt service to ensure it maintains the capacity for future building maintenance and renovation.

In addition, the Board approved:

● New courses for the International Baccalaureate programmes slated to start in the fall of 2019. Last month, State High was approved to be an IB World School and offer the IB Diploma Programme and IB Career-related Programme for 11th and 12th grades. ○ As well as the IB courses, the Board approved four science electives, one social studies elective, and one Career and Technical Center programming course.

● Lenovo servers to be purchased directly from Lenovo for $63,283.20.

● Sixty Epson projectors and 60 wireless modules for $141,000.

● Bid awards for asbestos removal at Corl Street and Radio Park elementary schools as part of ongoing renovation projects.

● Advertising for bids for Panorama Village Administrative Center renovations.

● Eighteen change orders for the Corl Street, Radio Park and Spring Creek elementary school projects.

● Four State High Project change orders.

● Two change orders for State High crosswalks: adding a crosswalk at the bike path and a credit for painting modifications. 

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