Memorial Field Renovations
On March 12, 2018, the Board of School Directors approved the construction documents for the Memorial Field renovation project, but also approved a delay in the bidding of the project. The delay will allow the district to concentrate on advancing projects at the high school and at Corl Street, Radio Park and Spring Creek elementary schools.
The Board is currently reviewing calendar options, with the delay expected to be around six to 12 months.
Since 2013, the State College Area School District has been renovating Memorial Field, the district’s main outdoor athletic facility and the anchor of its downtown campus.
On May 8, 2017 the SCASD Board of Directors unanimously approved Option B2, retaining the Nittany Avenue Building basement as part of the renovation’s final phase.
Keeping the basement will provide additional space, including needed storage space for athletic equipment. The Board previously had approved the Option B renovation design, which called for demolishing the former school and district office building and replacing it with a new field entrance and spectator plaza.
Instead of constructing a new plaza basement on the building’s site, the district now will use the existing stone walls as a shell. Approved after careful consideration, the choice provides 1,200 more square feet of storage space than Option B, and as much as 2,500 square feet of unfinished space for potential use, for only slightly more than the Option B estimate.
Option B2 also offers more flexibility for adding a classroom as a bid alternate at a later date, as well as in a location farther from a natural sinkhole under the east bleachers to lessen construction risks.
Additionally, the district administration is recommending the project include about 696 seats with backs in the east bleachers (middle three sections of home side), at a cost of $75 per seat. The intent is to increase the comfort and functionality of the east bleachers while making them more similar to the west side.
Details about previous project decisions can be found here.