The Robert W. Plaster Athletic Complex begins to take shape

Grading work wraps up as concrete footings are poured at field sites.

Public groundbreaking ceremony set for Friday, Oct. 28.

Crews have completed much of the groundwork beneath the athletic complex's surface, paving way for more visible project milestones.

Contractor Rinderknecht Associates says the unexpected discovery of an out-of-commission city sewer line didn't delay the project by much, but did necessitate some changes in the construction schedule. Completion of the 140+ stall parking lot was put on hold while the timeline for the multi-use facility was accelerated — important work that will allow contractors to carry on into the cold winter months ahead.

Finding Form

Concrete footings have now been poured for the multi-use facility and for the softball dugouts, showing a first glimpse of how the project will eventually come together.

Friday, crews poured the final section of parking lot on the east end of the site. Grading work is substantially completed for the soccer field, softball field and practice field, as well as for the CeMar Trail which will run through the 22-acre complex.

Footings are in place for the multi-use facility.
The home team softball dugout doesn't have much in terms of a view… for now.
Looking toward the site of the softball field from the visiting team's dugout.
The final parking section was poured Friday.
The parking lot will have room for more than 140 vehicles.
Crews worked Friday to mark where asphalt will be poured for the CeMar Trail.
Campus can be seen overlooking The Robert W. Plaster Athletic Complex.

A public groundbreaking ceremony will be held at 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28, 2016 at The Robert W. Plaster Athletic Complex, 651 19th Street NE.

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 — six of the university’s 18 intercollegiate athletic teams.

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