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Brutus

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  1. The important stuff is to get any of the cast-in-place (CIP) concrete in before the really cold temps. The current schedule calls for CIP through November and structural steel through December. Remember any schedule is based on weather conditions, delays on any parties involved in the project, procurement issues, etc.
  2. Thanks for the upclose shots 72. I drove through campus last Friday after my son's surgery, but didn't have time to jump out. The dirt pile is much bigger in person. Do we have any guesses on when the next phase will start? I love the dirt and all, but.. Actual construction is slated for late August to early September - but it's all contingent on the engineering reports for the compaction and the need to be at the design elevation.
  3. The compaction reports to date indicate the settlement is fairly gradual right now.
  4. I just drove by, it looks like tarp to keep the dirt from blowing around while the ground settles. Must mean they're done moving dirt for now. The covering also helps control soil erosion and silt runoff - required to meet SWPPP requirements by NYS DEC. Ground settlement is about 1/2" to 1" or so depending on the measured location. Wicks appear to be working as planned as you may notice that the ground is fairly wet on the east side of the mound. For now, most construction is concentrated on the Rec Field west of the Softball Field. I know this settling process or whatever you call it with the wicks was supposed to take several month's before we can proceed with construction. Is there a ballpark date when we can move forward? August or September? The schedule was built with a 3-4 month timeline for this period of the project. It depends on the rate of settlement/compaction. It is estimated that the soils need to settle about 6-7 inches, but that's not the only criteria. The critical part is tracking when the settlement levels off over a period of time. Once it's realized that there won't be any more drastic settlement, then the real work can begin.
  5. I just drove by, it looks like tarp to keep the dirt from blowing around while the ground settles. Must mean they're done moving dirt for now. The covering also helps control soil erosion and silt runoff - required to meet SWPPP requirements by NYS DEC. Ground settlement is about 1/2" to 1" or so depending on the measured location. Wicks appear to be working as planned as you may notice that the ground is fairly wet on the east side of the mound. For now, most construction is concentrated on the Rec Field west of the Softball Field.
  6. That's why I thought the new rec field would be bigger as that's where rugby currently plays. There is some latitude on the size, so I'm sure it could be used, if they were allowed to use it. The stadium venue was designed for both football and soccer with sightlines to accomodate both sports. At no time in the design process was rugby ever brought to the table for consideration. The rec field was design primarily to accomodate the size requirements for flag football, not sure it could accomodate rugby. Good points.
  7. Well, there's more to it than that. What you're looking at is the surcharcharging of the site. Wick drains (about 500 of them) are installed and now additional soil is added to help compress the water out of the lower layers of clay. About 10-12ft of additional soil will be added and the site will sit dormant for several months while the soils compress. The metal rods in the photo are the means to measure the compaction over time.
  8. Project Update: 1. Wick-and-Fill installation starts on or about 05/16. 2. Surcharge of site follows - approx 12'-14' of soil added to the existing site to assist in compressing the existing soils and creating the site countours for the stadium structure to be built.
  9. Soil consolidation begins next week. It is my understanding that Athletics is working to get a webcam online which would be available on the Athletics website. No word yet as to the timeframe.
  10. The former pressbox and bleachers were moved and re-assembled at the baseball field last week. The stadium construction paid for the moving and drop-off at the ball field - Athletics bore the financial responsibility to hire a bleacher company to re-assemble the systems. Don't worry, all facilities are targeted for an upgrade based on the Sasaki Athletic Master Plan, but the quesion is when and how will it be paid for.
  11. The stadium portion itself is roughly $13-14M - right on the budget estimates prepared by Heery. That's an extra $13M to $14M to finish it off, correct? That seems pretty reasonable especially if it can be done in sections... say $5M spread over three phases. I may be speaking out of turn...but I think you guys may be missing each other on comments. SoCal wanted to know how much it would take to put in permanent seats on the East (temp side), North (student grass berm), and south sides of the Stadium to complete the LOWER BOWL. Brutus, I think, answered $13 to $14m...but I think that is what was the estimate to complete the CURRENT deliverables for the stadium. I highly doubt to complete the stadium, which would require: more concessions on the East Side, more bathrooms on the East side, a second level of club boxes/seating/suites on the west side, upper decks on the East, North and South Sides, lower bowls on the East, North and South Sides, electrical throughout, sound system additions for speakers on the finished product, and more than likely the movement of the scoreboard to above the stadium or in the corners, related punch list items and related landscaping would come to a mere $13-$14 million. I gave an estimate somewhere on this board based on the numbers we have seen, plus the costs for ancillary stuff such as signage, lettering, carpet, etc. I think to finish the lower bowl itself, if all the conduit is indeed laid now for both plumbing and electrical, would be likely 2-3 million per end zone...and 4-6 million for the East side (without new bathrooms or concessions, which wouldn't have to be built until the upper deck is put down. So...lower bowl alone would be $8-12 million...and that's without a field house and lockerooms. My guess is any lockerroom facility, training room, etc. would be placed in the South endzone or the East side...but likely the south. Upper decks with concessions, bathrooms, etc...would probably be another $8-14 million...and the athletics building probably at least another 3-8 million depending on how high tech the training and meeting rooms are, e.g. in-ground whirlpools, hyperbaric chambers, high tech computer imaging for meetings, x-ray facility, etc. My guess is that to complete the stadium on the cheap would cost around $18-21 million dollars. High end $27-$34 million. Yes - I was referring to the current stadium configuration, no build-outs on the east, south or north sides. Sorry if I misunderstood the original question. Danes 96 has an accurate assessment on the costs for further expansion phases. Team/locker rooms are slated for behind the south endzone.
  12. The stadium portion itself is roughly $13-14M - right on the budget estimates prepared by Heery.
  13. I am with you - lets open it at the beginning of a season and do it right!!!! IMO, I'd like to see it done that way also.
  14. Build-out of the stadium cannot begin until the soil consolidation of the site is complete and approved by the design consultant. The construction schedule allows up to five months for the site to be stabilized. Once that occurs, contractually the contractor has roughly 300+ days to complete the work. That being the case, any game (scimmage or otherwise) in the stadium is highly unlikely for the 2012 season.
  15. There was an Athletic Master Plan developed several years back by Sasaki Associates with many new and upgraded facilities as part of the overall development of the south side of the campus over the next 20 plus years. Again, it takes time, commitment and funding to bring any project together. It started with the two artifical turf fields, addition of the pressbox and seating at Fallon Field, and now the Stadium and new track. All these projects in just about 8 years worth of effort - I think that's pretty good. Softball and baseball improvements are in the mix in the overall plan, but so are other athletic amenities that the campus does not currently have at the moment. Atheltics is going in the right direction, so please be patient.
  16. Yeah, that's the "Multi-" in the name. Tend to agree on the lines, would've preferred they put soccer in the T&F stadium if it'd fit, then put in temporary soccer lines in the big stadium if needed. But waddya gonna do? Only the lines that are outside the football field of play will be stitched into the field turf - all other soccer lines will be painted on as needed before a soccer match and be removed afterwards.
  17. Clack, where are the photos? In this picture they appeared to have dug a foot in or so maybe the site for one of the drill... Trees are cut down in this pic... What's being dug is a small retention pond area which will serve as the runoff location for the underfield drain system of the new turf field.
  18. Now that the cat's out the bag...yes, the environmental studies were slightly off; they needed to add some drainage to the construction process hence one of the offical, yet unannounced delays in the bids going out. All part of the design and construction process. It's more complicated than just drilling holes...check these links to see what will be done on the site. http://www.terrasystemsonline.com/services/wick-drains.html I did not expect this to be a simple hole in the ground; and with a three to four month process, I figured it was a complicated endeavor. My point is it certainly seems like it could have been done some time ago. Anyhow thanks for the information and welcome to the blog. No construction work can begin w/o a signed contract in place. Pre-stadium construction procedures were considered, but ultimately tabled due to contract and construction logistics.
  19. Now that the cat's out the bag...yes, the environmental studies were slightly off; they needed to add some drainage to the construction process hence one of the offical, yet unannounced delays in the bids going out. All part of the design and construction process. It's more complicated than just drilling holes...check these links to see what will be done on the site. http://www.terrasystemsonline.com/services/wick-drains.html
  20. A number of "additions" were selected and will be incorporated in the project. Worst post EVER in the history of this board... Let's be nice...the following Add Alternates were accepted by the University: SCHEDULE OF ALTERNATES Alternate No. 1 - (F5) Concrete Football Field Wall. This alternate involves the extension of the concrete bowl field wall around the North end of the football field as well as the field wall extension in the North East corner of the field as shown in the plans. In addition to the field wall extension, this alternate includes the railing on top of the North field wall. It also includes the revised grading and drainage at the North end field wall also shown in the plans. The chain link fencing shown in the plans in the above mentioned areas will be included in the base bid and not in this alternate. Alternate No. 2 - (R2) Recreation Field. This alternate includes all of the associated recreation field surfacing, grading, fencing, sidewalks, netting and drainage. Alternate No. 3 - (F8) Football Sports Lighting System. This alternate involves the entire football stadium Sports Lighting including the lights, foundations, poles, control panels and wiring. The conduit associated with the football field lighting system will be included in the base bid and not in this alternate. Alternate No. 4 - (R1) Recreation Field Sports Lighting System. This alternate involves all of the Recreation Field Sports Lighting System including the lights, foundations, poles, control panels, conduit and wiring. Also included in this alternate will be the abatement of asbestos in the Dutch Quad building for the purpose of routing electrical wiring. Alternate No. 5 - (F2) East Side Bleacher Pads. This alternate includes a 6” gravel pad for the future placement of skid mounted bleachers on the East side of the football field as well as all asphalt sidewalks to the East of the field and West of the proposed fence line. The asphalt sidewalks and gates to the East of the above mentioned fence line are included in the base bid and are not part of this alternate. Alternate No. 6 - (F1) Football Lighting - Increase Lighting for Regional Broadcasting by 100fc. This alternate includes all the additional fixtures on the Sports Light Poles and Pressbox Roof required to achieve 100 footcandles as well as all the associated wiring. The conduit for all of the Sports Lighting will be included in the base bid and not included in this alternate.
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