New Projects: Armstrong P.E. Building; Granby Memorial Stadium; Gene Polisseni Center

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The parks and recreation department in Pauls Valley, Okla., recently broke ground on phase two of the Donald W. Reynolds Recreation and Aquatic Center

(Rendering Courtesy of Kimley-Horn and Associates)(Rendering Courtesy of Kimley-Horn and Associates)

The parks and recreation department in Pauls Valley, Okla., recently broke ground on phase two of the Donald W. Reynolds Recreation and Aquatic Center (pictured). The second phase, expected to open next summer, focuses on the outdoor aquatic area and will include a recreational pool, a lazy river, water slides and a lap and diving pool. Kimley-Horn and Associates of Irving, Texas, worked with St. Louis-based Counsilman-Hunsaker & Associates to design the $3.6 million project.

Expansion of Chadron State College's Armstrong Physical Education Building is under way. The first phase of the project, slated for completion by fall of 2014, will include the construction of a 2,100-seat arena, classrooms, offices for the athletic and sports medicine departments, locker rooms and concessions areas. Designed by Leo A Daly of Omaha, Neb., the project is part of $19 million in campus improvements undertaken this year.

Weather permitting, Granby Memorial High School in Connecticut expects to break ground this month on two synthetic turf fields for the school's football, soccer, field hockey and lacrosse programs. A new track is also included in the $3.2 million project, as well as lights and a 750-seat grandstand for the main field, sound system and press box. The design by architectural firm CR3 of Simsbury will also relocate the existing softball field as part of the project.

The Rochester Institute of Technology has broken ground on the Gene Polisseni Center. Replacing the 44-year-old Ritter Arena, the new facility will provide the school's hockey programs three times the space and twice the seating capacity. Designed by BBB Architects of Toronto, the arena is expected to be complete by fall of 2014.

Construction is under way on Zach Tompkins Memorial Stadium in Hudson, N.H. Built on 13 acres of land donated by the town, the stadium honors an 11-year-old football player who passed away from an undetected heart disorder in 2010 and is funded in part by a memorial fund in his name. The $1 million project will construct two athletic fields, a walking trail and a seasonal outdoor ice rink.

First Pitch

DePauw University has approved an athletics and recreation master plan. Developed with the assistance of Hastings+Chivetta Architects Inc. of St. Louis, the first phase will see the construction of a 36,000-square-foot fitness center expansion to the Lilly Center. Additional phases will include the installation of a synthetic turf field, replacement of the track and addition of field event areas, construction of a multipurpose competition venue and improvements to Blackstock Stadium and the school's softball, tennis, field hockey, golf and baseball facilities... The University of Dubuque has received a $13.5 million donation that will go in part toward the construction of an indoor intramurals and practice facility. The facility will provide a second synthetic turf field to ease demand on the existing facilities of the Chlapaty Recreation and Wellness Center... In an attempt to revamp the Buffalo Bills' image and lure the franchise back to the city from its current stadium in the suburbs, the Greater Buffalo Sports and Entertainment Complex has announced a plan to build a $1.4 billion waterfront sports facility. HKS Architects Inc. of Dallas is working on a site plan for the proposed 70,000-plus-seat, retractable-roof stadium. The city will also need to acquire a 400-acre parcel of land, as well as seek approval from the state, the Bills and the NFL... The Madison (Wis.) Area Youth Soccer Association has been awarded a $633,000 grant to complete the construction of a stadium at Reddan Soccer Park. Construction on the Irwin A. & Robert D. Goodman Pitch, named in honor of the foundation that awarded the grant, will begin next summer. The field will be just the third synthetic-turf field in the Madison area.

Grand Openings

(Photos courtesy of Michigan Photography)(Photos courtesy of Michigan Photography)
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The University of Michigan's Crisler Center (pictured, above and below) is wrapping up phase two of its renovation, 10 months ahead of schedule. The second phase added 63,000 square feet, creating new fan entrances, expanded concourses, restrooms, concessions areas, retail spaces and ticketing areas, private club space and a rooftop plaza. As part of the design by Denver-based architectural firm Sink Combs Dethlefs, in conjunction with TMP Architecture of Broomfield Hills, Mich., the lobby of the new grand entrance includes a two-story water feature, while the entrance to the students' Maize Range section has been completely decked out in maize yellow. Showcases for the school's varsity sports have been replaced by digital touch screen displays, and a Hall of Honor and KidZone are expected to be completed in January... After a $98 million renovation, Purdue University's recreation and sports facility has reopened as the France A. Cordova Recreational Sports Center. The new facility, designed by Moody-Nolan Inc. of Columbus, Ohio, is 50 percent larger and includes more space for strength and cardio; a running track; more basketball, volleyball and badminton courts; and more natural light. In addition, the renovation added a 50-foot climbing wall, a wellness area, and a lounge... Tufts University's Steve Tisch Sports and Fitness Center is now open. The $16.6 million complex brings together three previously separate buildings to provide a space that serves both the university's athletic program as well as the fitness needs of its students. A collaboration between Stanmar Inc. of Wayland, Mass., and DiMella Shaffer of Boston, the new center includes a 7,000-square-foot fitness room and multipurpose fitness studios, a three-story open atrium, sports medicine suites, classrooms and offices... The East Pinson Valley Recreation Center officially opened last month in Birmingham, Ala. Charles Williams and Associates of Birmingham led the $1.2 million renovation of an unused gym located on the Jefferson State Community College Campus. The completed facility includes an Olympic-size pool, an indoor track, a gymnasium, tennis courts, an exercise room, meeting spaces, and fields for softball and baseball.

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