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Delmar Fieldhouse construction nearing finish line

For employees and visitors at Houston Independent School District’s Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center, watching the new Delmar Fieldhouse take shape over the last several months has been a site to see.

The 55-year-old athletic complex was demolished in March 2014 to make room for a $35.2 million facility that will be part of the new Delmar-Tusa Athletic Complex. Part of the bond program, the new three-story, 139,000-square-foot facility will serve as a multipurpose facility for the district.

Since construction began, construction crews have been working nonstop completing the installation of underground electrical and plumbing lines, steel beam erection and wall construction.

“We’ve received permanent power to the facility, so that would be considered a major milestone,” said Claude Yoas, Senior Project Manager with Rice & Gardner Consultants, who were hired to provide project management services for the project.

Some building features for the fieldhouse include a basketball and volleyball arena, modern locker and training rooms, and ample athletic storage for the complex’s existing stadium and ball fields.

Despite recent severe weather in Houston, Yoas says construction is still moving forward quickly and is visible.

“The rain hurt us just a little bit, but obviously it would be a delay for any work coming out of the ground,” said Yoas.

The athletic complex is scheduled to be finished this summer and open in time to host fall athletic events.

Foundation work underway for new Delmar Fieldhouse

Bond DelmarConstruction crews at Delmar Fieldhouse, which will be part of the new Delmar-Tusa Athletic Complex, are prepping the site’s foundation this week by working on adjusting the slope and elevation of soil on the site and installing a new building pad.

Delmar Fieldhouse was demolished in January as part of HISD’s plans to modernize and replace the 55-year-old athletic facility under the district’s 2012 bond program. The new three-story, 139,000-square-foot facility, designed by PBK Sports, will include a basketball and volleyball arena, locker rooms, training rooms, and athletic storage to accommodate the district’s existing athletic stadium and ball fields. The facility is expected to be complete by mid-2015.

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Featured in HISD’s Revamped eNews: Joe Tusa Reflects on Stadium Honor

The following story appeared in Friday eNews – HISD’s weekly  e-newsletter. Click here to subscribe and you’ll receive a roundup of the week’s top headlines, plus personal stories like this one and other interactive features.

In this week’s I am HISD, which features HISD graduates and HISD employees, former HISD Athletic Director and Reagan High School alumnus Joe Tusa talks about his 37 years with the district. On November 3, HISD officially renamed the district’s Northside sports complex the Delmar-Tusa Athletic Complex in honor of Tusa, who is HISD’s longest serving athletic director. Continue reading