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Regents to Consider 2 New UA Capital Projects

Site location of the UA Indoor Sports Center. Credit: Arizona Board of Regents

By Roland Murphy for Arizona Builder’s Exchange

The Arizona Board of Regents will consider two major new projects for the University of Arizona when it meets next week.

The projects, with a combined total of $74M, were included in the board’s recently released meeting agenda.

The first item is a $66M, four-component Intercollegiate Athletic Program project suite made up of the Hillenbrand Aquatic Center ($15M), Hillenbrand Softball Facility Improvements ($8M), the Indoor Sports Center ($18M), and the Arizona Stadium Improvements ($25M). The university plans to finance the projects by selling System Revenue Bonds, which will be funded by student fees and gift funding.

Intercollegiate Athletic Program

The Hillenbrand Aquatic Center project is, “a life cycle replacement of the main swimming pool, the pump and chemical accessory rooms and either the addition of a conditioned electronic control room or the renovation of the existing control booth into conditioned space for scoreboard control.” The summary states the current pool is structurally failing, and the replacement will be larger to accommodate multiple events simultaneously, as well as configurable to handle short- and long-course options.

The project will be Design-Build. Of the $15M total projected cost, construction costs are expected to be $11.75M. Planning commenced in August. Design is scheduled to begin in December, with construction taking place in the off-season and occupancy targeted for January, 2019.

The Hillenbrand Softball Facility Improvements will feature, “sun shading of spectator seating areas; creating new spectator amenities including fan suites and retreat/standing areas; press box expansion and renovations; upgrading the dugouts; and replacing the backstop netting system. The renovations would upgrade the fan, player, staff and media experiences to current industry norms.” The summary claims the current facility is outdated, which hampers usability and recruitment, as well as blocking spectators’ views in some sections.

This project will feature CM@R delivery. Estimated construction costs are $6.4M. The $8M total costs are expected to be funded through $6M in System Revenue Bonds and $2M in gifts. Planning started in August, and design got underway in September. Construction will start next summer, with occupancy expected at some point in winter 2018-2019. An RFQ for the CM@R is currently out, with a due date of Nov. 21.

The 45KSF Indoor Sports Center will be, “A multi-use facility that is envisioned to benefit multiple sports which will also serve as a game day venue providing food, vendors, music, seating and other fan experience amenities.” In justifying the project, the summary claims heat and monsoon storms make outdoor practice unsafe, particularly for football.

The center will also be delivered as Design-Build. Construction costs will account for roughly $13.9M of the total $18M project cost. Planning began in September. Construction should start in the spring of next year and be completed in winter, 2019. Funding is via System Revenue Bonds. RFQs are currently under review.

The final project of the four included in this request is $25M in improvements to Arizona Stadium. The project description reads, “Intercollegiate Athletics is planning to renovate the east side of the existing football stadium to provide enhanced fan amenities. Primary elements at the ground level, which serve the student seating section, include conversion of a service parking alley into a pedestrian concourse and creation of a student lounge space. The primary element on the intermediate level is the renovation of the Stadium Club. Circulation, restrooms, concessions and amenities will be expanded and upgraded at each concourse level. Life cycle repairs will be made to infrastructure and systems.”

Delivery will be by Design-Build. Work will be in two phases over two football off-seasons, with ground-level work making up Phase 1 and upper-level as Phase 2. Direct construction costs are projected at $18.97M. The entire $25M cost will be funded by System Revenue Bonds.

Planning began in August and design in September. Phase 1 construction will begin in January and be completed in August. Phase 2 will begin in January, 2019 and finish in August, 2019.

UA Oro Valley Doctors of Veterinary Medicine Program

The other request is an $8M renovation and equipment upgrade request for the UA Oro Valley Facility’s Doctors of Veterinary Medicine Program. The summary states, “The State’s financial investment in the UA Oro Valley facility and the DVM Program will support significant economic development both through the immediate construction and facility improvement project, and also over the long term through supporting an educational program that will trigger the hire of 50 professional positions.”

The 27.5KSF facility will be renovated to support student teaching and interactive, hands-on learning. Specialized areas will include lab space for anatomy, a clinical pathology and microscopy teaching lab, surgical and dental simulation labs, collaborative learning areas and other support spaces.

Project delivery will be by CM@R. Planning for the project started in September. Construction is expected to begin in July, 2018 and be completed in 12 months. Of the $8M budget, constructions costs are projected to be $4.9M.

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