Grading & plumbing underway at future home of outdoor sports

Excavator digging a trench for pipes.

Construction continues at The Robert W. Plaster Athletic Complex.

Crews worked amidst light sprinkles on Friday, July 29; the project is running smoothly and on schedule.

Groundwork remains the focus at the construction site as sewer lines are relocated and the field is leveled and prepared for new facilities, according to contractor Rinderknecht Associates.

Upon completion in Summer 2017, Mount Mercy’s new 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 — six of the university’s 18 intercollegiate athletic teams.

Preparing Ground

Groundwork is one of the most expensive and least visible steps in this 22-acre project. City sewer lines have to be relocated so that drainage flows appropriately around the fields.

Most of this work has been completed for the track and field, soccer, softball and practice field sites.

After new sewer pipes are set, the next major focus will be pouring concrete for the 140+ stall parking lot, which will be accessible from 19th Street NE. The lot should take shape in the next few weeks.

A fence leans next to a fire hydrant on a mound of dirt. Ground around this pile has been cleared out of the way, bringing ground level as many as five feet lower than before the project began.
A fire hydrant waits to be relocated. Ground level has been lowered as much as five feet in this area.
In the foreground a manhole cover is removed from its base, in the background a temporary above-ground drainage pipe runs along the site.
Temporary sewer lines run across the site as underground plumbing is relocated.

CeMar Trail

The City of Cedar Rapids awarded contact to Dave Schmitt Construction Company — the same company who is advancing work on The Robert W. Plaster Athletic Complex — for the portion of the CeMar Trail which will run through our facility.

Two stakes with bright orange paint are planted in dirt, next to a line of trees on the edge of the project site.
Stakes mark the center line of the CeMar trail which will run along the athletic complex.

Construction on The Robert W. Plaster Athletic Complex began in mid-June and expected to be completed in August 2017.

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