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$10M athletic-training center for YSU placed on fast track



Published: Sun, July 5, 2009 @ 12:20 p.m.

By Harold Gwin

The university is still raising money to pay for the project.

YOUNGSTOWN — An indoor athletic-training facility proposed for the north side of the Youngstown State University campus could be open for student use by August 2010.

The finance and facilities committee of the YSU Board of Trustees has named MS Consultants Inc. of Youngstown as the architect for the $10 million project.

The university got a total of 15 architectural proposals for the job, and a review team narrowed that down to three finalists — MS Consultants, MSA Sport (a division of MSA Architects of Cincinnati) and Richard Fleischman & Partners of Cleveland, said John Hyden, YSU executive director of facilities.

Those three recently made formal presentations to the board committee.

Although several committee members said they were impressed with Fleischman’s creative approach to a 120,000-square-foot building that would basically house just a 300-meter track and football practice field, the committee decided to go with MS Consultants because it is a local company that has performed satisfactorily on other YSU projects in the past, including the east stands at Stambaugh Stadium.

Construction on the WATTS (Watson and Tressel Training Site) Center was originally not expected to begin until July 2010 with completion in early 2011, but the job has been fast-tracked at the insistence of some members of the board of trustees who believe it will provide a direct benefit to students and could produce revenue for the university by being leased for use by schools and other colleges.

The latest schedule shows construction stating in March 2010 with completion in August 2010.

The center is named for former YSU head football coach Jim Tressel and his wife, Ellen, and her parents, Frank and Norma Watson, who pledged a total of $1 million to get the project started in mid-2007.

The financing plan calls for half of the $10 million cost to be financed through philanthropy with the other half coming from money the university plans to borrow through the sale of bonds in early 2010 to finance this and other projects.


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1valleyred(1078 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

I'd like to see the drawings so we can all see the top 3 proposals. I understand why you'd pick MS, but if Fleischman had a better design, YSU should have picked them.

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2BLOGFROG(14 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

EVER SINCE THE TRUSTEES LITERALLY CRAMMED THAT "BROBDINGNAGIAN THING" CALLED THE ICE CASTLE BETWEEN THE EXPRESSWAY AND BEEGHLEY CENTER I HOPE THAT THEY (THE TRUSTEES) PICKED SOMETHING FOR THE WATTS CENTER OTHER THAN THE BIZZARE ARCHITECTURAL MONSTROUSITY OF THE STADIUM. CAMPUS LIKE DESIGN YES...PRISON LIKE DESIGN..NO!

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3aeparish(669 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

How many athletic facilities does YSU need?

Clearly we see that sports are more important than education...

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4ytownpenguin2010(1 comment)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

you're right aeparish. in fact, let's tear down the Ice Castle, and let (make) our football team play on a sandlot-type field with rusted goalposts and two-row bleachers. i go to YSU currently and I like this idea. The intermural football can use it during the winter and during inclement weather, not to mention that it will bring our campus more into what I see at Cleveland State and even Tri-C.

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