The second bid package for the construction of the new Delmar-Tusa Athletic Complex will include underground and structural concrete site work and will be open for subcontractors to bid on by the end of March.
“If you meet our pre-qualifications, your references come back great, and you’ve done similar projects to this magnitude, all of these factors will go into consideration when making our selection of subcontractors,” said DivisionOne Construction President Todd Hamby during a meet and greet Thursday at HISD with the firm that was selected as Delmar’s Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR). “We want to hire companies that will make this project a success.”
Construction crews made progress on the demolition of Delmar Fieldhouse on Monday as part of HISD’s plans to level the 55-year-old athletic facility and replace it with a modern complex.
The building, located at 2020 Magnum Road adjacent to the Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center, will be replaced with a new three-story facility funded by the district’s 2012 $1.89 billion bond program. The 139,000-square-foot facility will include a basketball and volleyball arena, additional locker rooms, training rooms, and athletic storage to accommodate the existing athletic stadium and ball fields.
Construction of the new facility, designed by PBK Sports, is scheduled to begin in the second quarter of 2014 by DivisionOne Construction, the Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) selected by HISD to construct the new athletic complex. The design team, the district’s athletic department and HISD’s bond department are developing design concepts and exploring construction phases for the $44.7 million project that is expected to be complete by mid-2015.
Decision time arrives for more than 100 HISD Prep-School Athletes who have braved the courtship of college recruiters seeking their talents in sports including football, basketball, baseball, track and field, swimming, and wrestling. The students will seal their commitments to colleges and universities of their choice on National Signing Day, Wednesday, February 1, 2012.
HISD will hold its National Signing Day Ceremony at 1 p.m. at the Delmar Field House located at 2020 Mangum. (Watch video of Bellaire standout Bianca Winslow.)
National Signing Day is the first day students can sign a letter of intent to play sports for colleges and universities of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. The day is widely anticipated by the athletes and fans of college sports.
“We are very excited for our students who have the opportunity to further their education in this way,” said HISD Superintendent Terry Grier. “We want our scholar-athletes to be prepared for the academic rigor and to make the responsible decisions that come along with this opportunity.”