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Board Accepts Bid to Begin $22 Million Construction, Renovation of MSU Rec Facilities

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Missouri State’s Board of governors Executive Committee awarded a contract to DeWitt and Associates, Inc. Wednesday to begin work on nearly $22 million worth of new constructions and renovations on Missouri State University’s athletics and recreational facilities
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Missouri State’s Board of governors Executive Committee awarded a contract to DeWitt and Associates, Inc. Wednesday to begin work on nearly $22 million worth of new constructions and renovations on Missouri State University’s athletics and recreational facilities

According to a news release, DeWitt had a low bid in the amount of $21,824,600 for improvements to the recreation fields on the Springfield campus.  With fees and contingencies, the total project budget is $25,097,000.

The revenue stream to repay the bonds will be from the student-approved Bears Experience and Recreation (B.E.A.R.) Fee, central funding, a private gift commitment and auxiliary bond payments that roll off and will be redirected in 2017.

Additional private gifts are expected in the future for naming opportunities, according to the release.

Missouri State University students passed the B.E.A.R. Fee of $50 per semester to help provide new and renovated athletics and recreational facilities on the Springfield campus.

The fee is expected to generate about $1.6 million annually. Of that total, $200,000 annually will be used to enhance the student experience at athletic events through the creation of a student experience fund. Students will not pay the fee until the projects are completed, according to the release.
 
The project includes improvements at four different areas on campus.

The larges of the improvements at Plaster Sports Complex calls for a new 4,000-seat precast concrete structure to replace student seating on the east side of the stadium.

The renovation will also include a raised patio in the grandstands for the students, new concessions, restrooms and ticket windows.

A new game day meeting room will also be constructed for the football team, as well as a visitor’s locker room. 

The existing football field will be removed and moved to the west, closer to the west bleachers in an effort to improve the fan experience, says the release.

An existing field north of Glass Hall will be developed into a NCAA regulation soccer field, which will be surrounded by a synthetic track.

In addition, a 1,000 seat grandstand with restrooms, locker rooms and press box will be located on the west side of the improvement.

A new field hockey and lacrosse field will also be constructed north of Hammons Student Center. This regulation field will support the field hockey program and includes a small grandstand, restrooms and a press box. 

Finally, the project includes a pair of sand volleyball courts at the southwest corner of Hammons Student Center.

This project will also include a press box and informal seating along the courts. Each court will have its own scoreboard and the area will be entirely fenced.

The fields at the soccer complex, the field hockey complex and the volleyball complex will be secured to allow students access to the fields using their BearPass card.

“We are able to take this step because of our students,” says Missouri State President Clifton M. Smart III in the release. “They had the vision; they took the initiative and they approved a fee that will cover the vast majority of this work. From a university standpoint, I think these facilities can be a game-changer for how the university is viewed, in its appeal to students, and for the success of our students and athletic teams. This is a great day.”

The project is set to commence in December 2013 and is estimated to be completed in fall 2013.
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