New Projects: Georgia Gwinnett College; El Paso Sportspark; Oregon State

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Georgia Gwinnett College has broken ground on a $13.5 million athletics complex (pictured) for its new athletic program. Designed by Precision Planning Inc. of Lawrenceville, Ga., the project will include construction of a 25,000-square-foot athletics building, baseball and softball diamonds and a soccer field.

(Rendering courtesy of Georgia Gwinnett College)(Rendering courtesy of Georgia Gwinnett College)

Georgia Gwinnett College has broken ground on a $13.5 million athletics complex (pictured) for its new athletic program. Designed by Precision Planning Inc. of Lawrenceville, Ga., the project will include construction of a 25,000-square-foot athletics building, baseball and softball diamonds and a soccer field. The college will also take advantage of a property gift that provides it with 16 tennis courts and an outdoor recreational pool. The university hopes to have the soccer field completed in time for the men's and women's soccer teams' first games.

A $7 million renovation of El Paso (Texas) Sportspark begins this month. The park will be closed for the next six months while a new clubhouse, administrative offices, ticket booths, a full-service concessions stand and new restrooms are added, as well as new fencing, bleachers and accessible walkways. The park is expected to fully reopen by September 2013.

Brookfield (Wis.) Central High School has broken ground on a baseball stadium, which, when the first phase opens next spring, will finally allow the school's baseball team to host its own home games. The $1.2 million project was funded in large part by an anonymous donation.

Oregon State University's men's and women's basketball teams will no longer have to compete for practice space; a new $15 million practice facility is now under construction and set to be completed by next spring. Designed by HNTB Architecture, the four-story facility will house program offices, locker rooms, training rooms and two practice courts.

Construction of a new stadium is under way at John W. North High School in Riverside, Calif. Set to be completed by August 2013, the new $13.6 million stadium will include a synthetic turf field and seating for 3,000.

Construction has begun on Fort Hays State University's Schmidt/Bickle Indoor Training Facility. The 50,000-square-foot facility will include batting cages, a multipurpose practice field, track lanes, and pits for long jump, high jump and pole vault, as well as a weight room and team meeting rooms. The $4.2 million project, set to open next spring, is one of the university's four ongoing capital projects totaling $30 million.

First Pitch

City officials in Marion, Ill., have approved a plan to construct a 72,000-square-foot recreation center that will offer leisure and competition pools, warmwater exercise, a multicourt gymnasium, a running track, fitness areas and a youth center. Once state approval has been granted, fundraising for the $10 million project will begin... Officials in Verona, N.J., have revised plans to build two athletic fields to maximize field use. The $4 million project will see construction of a 22-acre recreation area featuring one shared baseball and softball diamond and one multipurpose field, as well as lighting, parking lots, restrooms, a playground and a concessions stand. An amphitheatre is still being considered. Pending township council approval, construction could begin this fall... A site plan is in the works for a 20,000-seat sports, entertainment and cultural center in Markham, Ont. The proposed $325 million Markham Arena will offer an NHL-ready ice rink... Saint Mary's College is seeking approval for construction of a new fitness and aquatic facility on its Morgana campus. The Joseph L. Alioto Recreation Center would feature a 60,000-square-foot fitness facility, as well as a 95-by-150-foot swimming pool with a 950-seat grandstand. Initial approval by the Morgana Planning Commission and state will allow the school to begin grading work; further approval from the Design Review Board must be granted before building begins... The University of Missouri has announced a $200 million master plan for athletic facility improvements, funded in part by a $30 million gift from the Kansas City Sports Trust. The first of two phases will include $102 million in renovations to the school's tennis complex and football, baseball and softball stadiums. More than 5,000 seats will be added to Memorial Stadium, and various other improvements will enhance fans' game-day experience.

Grand Openings

(photo by Tracy Eason of Tracy Eason Photography)(photo by Tracy Eason of Tracy Eason Photography)

Major League Baseball celebrates the opening of its fourth Urban League Academy this month in New Orleans. Wesley Barrow Stadium in Pontchartrain Park, damaged by Hurricane Katrina, underwent a $4.5 million renovation led by SCNZ Architects of New Orleans. The new stadium includes three fields for baseball, softball and tee-ball, as well as indoor batting cages, lighting and scoreboards. The facility will offer year-round instruction for area youths... The University of Southern California celebrates the grand opening of the John McKay Center this month. Designed by HNTB Architecture, the 110,000-square-foot facility will house USC's football program, as well as academic and training support for the school's 21 athletic programs. A tower will connect the facility's three levels, and a two-story video board will be the main focal point of the lobby. The training facility, comprising 60,000 square feet, will include a 40-yard turf field with raised roof, a nutrition center, hydrotherapy pools, sports performance and recovery areas, football locker rooms and a state-of-the-art lounge... After three years of planning, the Splash it Up splash park is now open in St. Helens, Ore. AKAAN Architecture + Design of St. Helens designed the park to depict a map of Columbia County and the Columbia River... The Westmoreland Athletic Complex in Cornelius, N.C., opened last month. Constructed in two phases, the $3.2 million complex features four lighted fields for baseball and softball, a concessions building, restrooms and a playground, and will be used to host baseball and softball tournaments. Hensen Foley of Huntsville, N.C., provided design work for the project... The Missouri City (Texas) Recreation and Tennis Center (pictured) is now open. The $4.5 million facility includes 12 tennis courts, a gym with six basketball courts, a Kids Zone, areas for cardio and strength training, multipurpose rooms and more.

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