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JCPRD Board approves bid, permanent name for new indoor sports facility
POSTED: 07/22/2010
Straub Construction Co. Inc. of Shawnee was selected as the contractor, and New Century Fieldhouse will serve as the facility's permanent name.

The District Board approved both items during its regular monthly meeting conducted July 21 at the JCPRD Administrative Building at Shawnee Mission Park. Officials anticipate actual construction on the facility will begin in mid-August.

Located at 551 New Century Parkway about two minutes off Interstate 35, the New Century Fieldhouse was acquired by the District in late March and is being fast-tracked for a tentative opening in early 2011. Plans for the facility call for using one side of the 88,000-square foot warehouse to develop a multiuse sports court area including courts for basketball, volleyball, and futsal (five-man indoor soccer). On the other side of the building will be a 100-by-200-foot turf field that can be used for soccer, football, lacrosse, and other field sports. Plans also include a 78-by-28-foot multipurpose room which will provide programming and meeting space, a two-story office area with restrooms, and concessions and an upper floor with four party rooms and a large open viewing deck with a guard rail overlooking the facility.

Straub's bid of $4,221,500, which includes the base bid as well as four alternates, was selected from among 11 bids received during a bid opening on July 15.

"The three apparent low (bidders) that we were checking references on were all excellent contractors, had great references and were all very capable," said JCPRD Landscape Architect Jim Wilson. "So we had three great choices. There was only about a one percent difference between the low and the second lowest and there was only about a half percent difference between the second and the third. It was extremely tight grouping on our contractors and we would have had great options on whichever way it all shook out."

He added the District has never used Straub before because they don't typically work on small projects.

"Even though this is the largest project we've ever done, it's definitely smaller than what they usually do," Wilson said.

The contract gives the contractor 175 calendar days from the date of the notice to proceed, which will be contingent upon issuance of a building permit. Wilson said District officials are hopeful that a building permit will be issued in time for a target start date of Aug. 16.

District officials also received word on July 22 that the Board of Johnson County Commissioners approved the District's conditional use permit for this project.

New Century Fieldhouse was previously the temporary name which has been used internally by District officials since the facility was acquired. Board members originally acted to adopt the name during their June 16 meeting, which triggered a 30-day public notice period. Action during the July 21 meeting finalizes the name selection.

Officials said they liked the name because it gives a geographical distinction of where the facility is located and also connotes the idea of moving into a new era of services to the community.

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