April 24, 2012
Site Chosen for Kerr-Pegula Sports Complex
Houghton College recently approved the final site for the new Kerr-Pegula Sports Complex. A feasibility study which was requested by the Board of Trustees and conducted by Keystone Associates took into consideration two possible sites: one located on the east side of route 19 across the street from the college, and the other located on the west side of route 19 adjacent to Burke Field and the existing Alumni Athletic Complex. The latter was chosen as the new site.
The new sports complex will feature both a field house and athletics fields. The field house design has three main priorities: an indoor track and field facility capable of hosting significant indoor meets; a competition-quality tennis facility; and space for athletic teams to train and practice during the winter months. The field design will give the college the ability to host baseball, soccer, lacrosse and field hockey games and practices. The recently approved designs include a softball stadium bordering the west side of route 19, just north of Centerville Road and a baseball stadium with a multi-sport field located behind Burke Field and a field house bordering Burke Field.
One of the next two steps prior to construction is to complete a state environmental quality review. This will ensure that a proper environmental impact assessment is completed and that all of the appropriate interactions take place at the town, county and state levels.
Houghton and Keystone Associates will also begin the initial design phase for the fields. The design of the building will commence after the May Board meeting.
The Board has approved moving ahead with the “Basic” plan for the fields and field house. An ‘enhanced design’, which will be discussed further at the May Board meeting, would enable a more comprehensive field house and other outdoor amenities, pending approval of funding plans. Dedication of the baseball and softball stadiums is slated for March of 2013 while the field house is scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2014.