In the News -- Construction to begin soon on new field house
CONSTRUCTION TO BEGIN SOON ON NEW SUL ROSS FIELD HOUSE
by Steve Lang, News and Publications
Construction is expected to begin soon on a new field house at Jackson Field, home of the Sul Ross State University football program.
An authorization to proceed with mobilization services was issued Friday (June 28), according to Jim Clouse, Associate Vice President for Facilities Planning, Construction and Operations. Imperial Construction, Weatherford, has been awarded the general contract. PBK Architects, Inc., San Antonio, designed the project. A notice to proceed with construction services will be issued upon receipt of performance and payment bonds, builder’s risk and insurance. The renovations are scheduled for completion Thursday, Oct. 10, prior to the Lobos’ first 2013 home game, Oct. 12 against Mississippi College.
Site plan for new field house at Jackson Field
A forgivable loan from the Texas State University Foundation will pay for a new 5,000 square-foot home team field house and locker room. The new facility will include 120 lockers, restrooms, showers, whirlpools, a training area and laundry and storage facilities. The current field house and locker room will undergo cosmetic work in order to accommodate visiting teams. Additionally, the current visiting team locker room will be upgraded and furnished with new weight training equipment for Sul Ross student athletes.
The construction will also include conversion of the existing home locker room in Jackson Field facilities to a visiting team locker room and a student weight training facility.
“This is a significant first step in upgrading Sul Ross athletic facilities,” said John Tyree, Lobo football coach and athletics director. “This will be a very functional and impressive addition and definitely one of the highlights in our recruiting efforts.”
Sul Ross President Ricardo Maestas said, “This will enable Sul Ross to have a top-notch facility and to build upon our Lobo pride and traditions in our community. As in our recruiting process and professional staff, we regard this facilities upgrade as another step in re-energizing Sul Ross athletics. We are very grateful to the Texas State University Foundation.”
In 2011, TSUS secured $7 million in state funding to replace an antiquated boiler unit with a state-of-the-art heating system. The new system, which was installed last year, is expected to reduce the university’s natural gas consumption by one-third, saving Sul Ross $300,000 annually.
Earlier this year, the Texas State University System provided $1.8 million to support scholarships for Big Bend area students who apply and are accepted at Sul Ross. The funding will sustain dozens of scholarships each year through 2022.
The Texas State University System is Texas’ first university system, comprising eight institutions from West Texas to the Gulf Coast. The TSUS Foundation is a private, non-profit organization established to support and promote the System and its member institutions.