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MASD mini-stadium could be completed by fall 2020

By Phyllis Zimmerman, Special to the Press & Journal
Posted 12/11/19

The Middletown Area School District is a step closer toward the construction of a planned synthetic turf mini-stadium next year.

On Dec. 3, the Middletown Area School Board authorized Architerra …

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MASD mini-stadium could be completed by fall 2020

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The Middletown Area School District is a step closer toward the construction of a planned synthetic turf mini-stadium next year.

On Dec. 3, the Middletown Area School Board authorized Architerra to proceed with developing a bid packages for an amenities building that will accompany the stadium. The entire project is slated to be advertised for contractor bids by Dec. 31, Superintendent Lori Suski verified Thursday.

The stadium and athletic amenities facility will be located in an area in front of the high school now occupied by grass soccer fields, with the athletic building situated adjacent to the stadium. The field would be used by soccer, field hockey, youth and non-varsity football teams along with physical education classes and band practice. The football team will continue to play at War Memorial Field.

After deliberations that stretched over the course of several months, the school board voted to go with an amended design for the project that will reduce the project’s original estimated price by $125,000. The total project now is projected to cost approximately $3.9 million.

On Nov. 6, David Horn of Architerra presented the board with “value engineering design changes” for the 500-seat stadium and an athletic amenities building, as well as a new maintenance/storage facility that would be behind the school.

At that time, the board was scheduled to either “affirm the recommendations of the Steering Committee or identify adjustments to their recommendations,” according to the meeting agenda for Nov. 6. As it turned out, “it was a little bit of both” financial and design aspects that averted board members from a final decision then, district Chief Financial Officer David Franklin said last month.

Revised project designs approved by the board last week include an amenities building that’s reduced in size from initial plans earlier this year. The building’s total gross square footage will be 3,000 square feet, a reduction of 1,108 square feet.

Despite the size reduction, a concession stand and public restrooms still are planned for the building’s right side.

A central area will comprise visitor and home team locker rooms and toilets, officials’ rooms and team storage, while the building’s left side will be used for more storage.

Contractor bids for the overall stadium have a tentative due date of Feb. 4, and contracts are expected to be awarded by the school board Feb. 11.

Project construction is tentatively slated to begin March 2, with final completion planned around Sept. 27.