Purdue trustees approve softball stadium, table energy storage system

October 12, 2012  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The Purdue University Board of Trustees on Friday (Oct. 12) approved plans for a new softball stadium and tabled proposed consruction of a thermal energy storage tank.

The new softball stadium will be at the Northwestern athletics site at McCormick Road and Cherry Lane. The $13 million facility will include seating for up to 1,000 spectators, lights, a press box, scoring and public address systems, restrooms, concessions, locker space, meeting and storage rooms, and a parking lot.

Trustees approved a resolution to hire Cooke Douglass Farr Lemons, of Jackson, Miss., to plan the stadium. The stadium is the final component in the athletics facilities master plan developed in 2005-2006 and is a continuation of intercollegiate athletics' 25-year facility master plan. Construction will be funded from athletics department funds.

In tabling the proposed 5-million-gallon, $16.8 million water tank, trustees requested more information on the need for the tank and its proposed location before making a decision. The tank is aimed at allowing Purdue to meet its cooling needs without expanding production capacity from the Wade Utility Plant and the satellite chiller plant.

On Thursday (Oct. 11) the trustees' Physical Facilities Committee approved repairs in and under the Mathematical Sciences Building plaza and a contract to upgrade electrical systems at the Maurice J. Zucrow Laboratories.

The $3.35 million project at the Mathematical Sciences Building will waterproof tunnels and replace heating, cooling and drinking water lines. The project includes landscaping work for all areas disturbed by the waterproofing and the plaza area between the Psychological Sciences Building and Haas Hall. University repair and rehabilitation funds will provide almost $3 million for the project, with the remainder coming from central reserves.

At the Zucrow complex west of Purdue Airport, a $2.2 million contract with Long Electric Co. of Indianapolis will replace outdoor high-voltage lines to address safety and code issues and replace secondary equipment to meet codes. Repair and rehabilitation funds will pay for the work.

Writer: Jim Schenke,765-494-6262, jschenke@purdue.edu

Source: Robert McMains, vice president for physical facilities, remcmains@purdue.edu

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