Agenda Item No. V. B. 1.

Washburn University Board of Regents



SUBJECT: Moore Bowl Track Replacement and Football Field Turf Project



BACKGROUND:



The Moore Bowl Renovation Committee was formed in February 2000 to define and plan for the renovation of Moore Bowl. The improvements proposed by the committee were focused on improvements to enhance the image of the University and also enhance student life and relationships with Washburn's students, faculty, staff and other constituents. The improvements envisioned by the committee consisted of three distinct options.



The first option was to provide for a new press box, new priority club level seating, new open concourse seating, renovation of concession stands and restrooms, new entry gates and ticket plaza, improving landscaping, installing a new enclosure fence, new chair back seating, repair and restructure existing seating and stands, and repair and resurface existing concrete and asphalt walkways.



The other two options proposed by the committee were to turf the football field and replace the track with a multi-purpose surface. During the renovation process, because of limited resources, it was decided to phase different parts of the renovation of the stadium rather than try and do it all at once. The field surface and track were two items that were in Phase II.



DESCRIPTION:



With the success of the football team this year there has been renewed interest to replace the grass field in the football stadium with an artificial field turf.  Enthusiasm among potential project donors is robust and has matched team success. There are advantages to having a turf field. Obviously, the expense of watering, seeding, mowing and game striping the field does not exist. More importantly, it expands the programming possible on a turf field. In addition to football (practice and games), soccer (practice and games), baseball and softball practices, intramurals, band camps and student activities can occur. Unlike grass which wears out quickly with heavy use, an artificial turf is not limited by needing to allow the field to recover between intense uses.  The current grass field use is heavily restricted to exclude virtually all of the above mentioned activities except for intercollegiate football games.

The addition of artificial turf on the football field and the renovation of the track create a multi-use, multi-functional area that can serve a wide range of users.



FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS:



Stadium Track Replacement and Drainage Improvements:

Synthetic track surface $ 80,987

Concrete, asphalt base, drainage upgrades 154,980

Engineering, geotechnical services 16,630

Sub-total $252,597

Contingency 12,000

Total $264,597



Funding:

Fundraising* $162,097

University funds (previously

Approved by Board) 102,500

Total $264,597



Football Field Turf (Estimates):



Field base and drainage ($2.65/sq.ft.) $267,650

Turf ($3.00/sq.ft.) 303,000

Engineering, geotechnical services 50,000

Total $620,650



Funding:

Fundraising* $435,000

University funds 200,000

Total $635,000



* Pledges have been received by the WEA.

RECOMMENDATION:



President Farley recommends the Board of Regents approve the projects. The University will solicit bids for the projects.



______________________________ _______________________________

Date Jerry B. Farley, President


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