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Indoor practice facility bids fall within budget

Apr. 17, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Bids were opened Tuesday afternoon for the Marshall University indoor practice facility to be located next to Joan C. Edwards Stadium from seven local and regional contractors.

The low base bid came from J & H Reinforcing & Structural Erectors out of Portsmouth, Ohio, at $16.35 million. Athletic Director Mike Hamrick said that was $50,000 under budget. If all the alternate bids are accepted, the total project would cost $16.935 million. Those alternates include an upgraded track surface, brick veneer, east camera platform, locker room build out and portable bleachers.

"I feel very good about the bid," Hamrick said. "We've been working on this for a year and a half. This dream is slowly becoming reality."

The bid includes the full construction of the indoor practice facility and the shells for the student-athlete academic support center and the sports medicine translational research center, which are still in design phase.

The projects, including the soccer complex now under construction, are being paid for with $10 million in bond revenue and $20 million in donations. Hamrick said they have passed $15 million in pledges and donations.

The groundbreaking for the indoor practice facility is 2 p.m. Friday, April 26.

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