Construction update

With work on the Athletics Central Energy Plant proceeding, four more projects are about to get started. Construction of a new Outdoor Tennis Stadium, improvements to the existing Soccer Fields, renovation of Bryant Hall and the Football Complex Annex (including the new weight room) are all set to begin within the next several weeks.

(Above left) The concrete pillars, which will form the principal support structure for the Athletics Central Energy Plant, are now in place.

View of the South end of the existing Soccer Field. The field itself (located just behind and to the side of the Student Recreation Center at the corner of Campus Drive and Fifth Avenue East) is in excellent shape, with prescription turf and drainage already in place.

Artist's rendering of the permanent soccer stands, which will be built along the east side of the existing Soccer Field. Actual work is expected to begin within a month.

Artist's rendering of the pavilion (combining rest rooms, concessions and locker rooms), which will be built at the entrance to the Soccer Field. The entrance area will be on the East side of the existing field, facing Fifth Avenue East. The newly expanded Recreation Facility and the Soccer Field will share the parking lot being built off of Fifth Avenue East.

Artist's rendering of the new Tennis Stadium. The facility will be built on the East side of Fifth Avenue East, next to the existing Softball Stadium parking lot. The Tennis Stadium will have its own pavilion, located at the stadium entrance.

The front of Bryant Hall as it appears today. Athletics Director Mal Moore considers the renovation of Bryant Hall into a state-of-the-art academic support center to be the crown jewel of the facilities improvement campaign.

Artist's rendering of Bryant Hall when finished. The U-shaped structure at the right represents the existing buildings. Dormitory rooms, computer labs and academic support facilities will be housed in the two large buildings to be constructed (left and top left). The new structures will go up on empty land and a parking lot adjacent to Bryant Hall. When finished, the facility will be shared by Engineering and Athletic students.

View of an existing dorm room on the second floor of Bryant Hall. When built, Bryant Hall was considered the finest athletic dorm in the country. In recent years the former dorm rooms have been utilized for individualized academic counseling and tutoring sessions.

A view of construction on the new Athletics Central Energy Plant, taken from the SouthWest corner of Coleman Coliseum down the street towards the Football Complex (that's the Indoor Practice Facility in the background). The access road will be repaved when construction is completed, but the former parking places across from Coleman will be gone. When finished, the new building will take up most of the East end of the current Track Stadium. The inside wall of the new building will be utilized by a new Track Scoreboard. Also, the current Track Stadium bleachers will be replaced with aluminum bleacher seating with backs.

View of the SouthEast corner of the existing Track Stadium. A new entrance area will be built between the Energy Plant building (going up on the right) and the existing stands (to the left). The entry way will feature a concrete arch with iron gates flanked by brick pillars. A new ticket booth will also be built.

With the utility access pipes mostly laid, construction on various projects is about to begin in earnest. Formal bids for the Tennis Stadium, Soccer Stands and the Football Complex addition will be awarded by the end of this month, with construction on the Football Complex Annex to begin immediately.

The University tracks on-going Construction Projects on its website.

All Design Projects, including projected costs and projected completion dates are also tracked.

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