December 19, 2007

BU Trustees OK Redman Stadium renovation

Contact: Bonnie Martin, Writer/Editor

BLOOMSBURG--Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania's Council of Trustees accepted bids for the Redman Stadium renovation project during a special meeting Tuesday, Dec. 18. The action paves the way for upgrades to the structure built in 1974.

The Trustees tabled action on the plan during the Nov. 28 quarterly meeting after bids came in $600,000 higher than the estimated $2.6 million. At that meeting, the Trustees discussed whether to reduce the scope of the project or seek additional funding.

At the Dec. 18 session, Trustees again discussed scenarios for reducing the size of the project. BU President Jessica Kozloff listed six possible facets that could be cut and the estimated savings of each, ranging from plumbing changes, estimated at $9,000, to delaying installation of the artificial turf, estimated at $700,000. Requirements under the American with Disabilities Act prohibited cutting other aspects of the project, she said.

Much of the discussion centered on whether to delay the upgrade of the track, estimated to cost $400,000, or move forward with the entire project paying the additional costs with funds remaining from the recently completed addition to the McCormick Center for Human Services and a portion of a contingency reserve fund for capital projects.

After nearly an hour of discussion, the Trustees accepted the bid of $3.2 million along with an additional $250,000 for lights, pending approval from the Federal Aviation Agency, on an 8-1 vote with Trustee William Kelly voting against the project, based on fiscal considerations.

Features of the Redman Stadium renovation, scheduled to begin in spring 2008, include a press box with elevator, new rest rooms, artificial turf field, track and field facilities, new railings and ADA compliance, new parking lot and new visitor bleachers.