The 22-acre athletic complex has been abuzz over winter preparing to welcome six of Mount Mercy's athletic teams home this fall.
Although most outdoor work was put on pause during the icy winter months, the indoor facilities have seen an incredible amount of activity.
Since our last update, crews have completed both the exterior and interior block work, plumbing, ductwork, and roofing on the multi-use facility—which will house public restrooms, team locker rooms, showers, and training rooms. The softball dugouts and track/soccer field press box have also been constructed.
|A view inside the multi-use building, which will house showers and locker rooms.|
|A cold day for softball. Construction crews tell us that layers (and beards) are the most-effective way to stay warm while they work outdoors in the winter.|
|A drainage system marks the interior of the track. Bleacher seating can be seen on the far side of this image. (Click to enlarge.)|
|Baseball field bleachers line 17th Street NE. Mount Mercy’s newly-acquired Rinderknecht Athletic Center building can be seen in the background.|
As the ground thaws and finishing touches wrap up on the indoor facilities, work will resume on the outdoor fields. The turf soccer field and track surfaces will be installed next, followed by the construction of the baseball field—the final major portion of this project.
Upon completion in August 2017, The Robert W. Plaster Athletic Complex will provide a permanent home for men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s track and field, baseball, and softball.