STATE COLLEGE — Those looking forward to new bathrooms at Memorial Field during sporting events in 2013 will have to continue walking across the street to use the St. Andrews Episcopal Church facilities.
Faced with budget constraints, State College Area School District officials have decided to remove the restroom building from the first-phase design plans for stadium renovations.
Ed Poprik, the districts physical plant director, said the move could save $500,000 to $750,000 on that phase, which was originally budgeted at just less than $4 million. The total project will cost $16.7 million.
Poprik first brought the proposal to drop the building plan to the school board in late May, after the district received approval from State College borough to construct the building. The district required a variance because the site didnt allow room for the typical setback. Board members expressed approval of the idea at that time.
In the meantime, design team Palumbo Skibinski Crawford revised the plan, without the building, and presented it Wednesday, for a second time, to the boroughs Design Review Board.
We were trying to see what we could shave out of this project, Poprik said, noting the building could be placed in a future stadium construction phase.
The current project includes replacing the west bleachers the visitors side for 949 seats; creating a plaza area by the main ticket gate and adding exits mid-block and at the southwest corner of the field; upgrading stormwater management facilities; and replacing the sidewalks and curbs along Fraser Street.
The west side loses about 200 seats to accommodate handicapped- accessible seating at the top of the bleachers and a rear concourse for safety purposes.
There will be no standing signs along the critical choke points of the concourse, said architect Jonathan Loiselle, who presented the new plan with engineer Tom Skibinski.
The DRB approved the new plan with three suggestions more tree plantings where feasible on the southwest side, consider a school logo in the circular gate planned at the southwest corner, and continue the Fraser Street sidewalk pattern that includes brick sections.
Its part of the larger picture, DRB Chairwoman Zoe Boniface said of the sidewalk.
Loiselle said he considered adding the school logo at the new, corner exit, but left it out while paying attention to the project budget and wanting to avoid a cliche.
We could just recommend that you do something creative, said DRB member Richard Devon, after the groups April discussion on the plan, which called for creative additions to the stone wall and black fence.
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