Gavilan College athletic program burnishes sports venuesby on Jul 14, 2017
For Gavilan College student athletes, facility improvements in every area are well underway or about to begin.
Repairs to the campus swimming pool completed design phase and new construction started in March. The pool was losing 30K gallons of water a day. Attempted repairs to the pipes did not stop the leaks. The original pool was demolished, a new design was implemented and construction began in March.
The concrete base of the new pool is poured during Spring 2017.
By July, concrete walls had been poured and frames were constructed for the edging.
Scheduled for completion by September 15, the pool may open as early as September 5. As a total rebuild, the pool now has both shallow and deep water pools. A major benefit is the deep water pool can be used for women's water polo, a sport Gavilan does not yet offer, although a number of area high schools offer the sport. The new pool offers the opportunity for adding another competitive sport and recruiting area students to Gavilan.
In the main gym, the hardwood floor and bleachers were removed to make way for new facilities.
The Gavilan College Board of Trustees approved the winning bid for renovations to the athletic fields, including men's baseball and women's softball fields. The college budgeted $7M for all improvements, but the two competitive bids each totaled $9.4M. The board accepted the bid from Schrader Construction with a deductive change order. For now, the practice football field and the track will not be under construction. The Gavilan College Foundation is developing fundraising plans to bridge the shortfall.
In addition to the existing sports areas, four new sand volleyball courts will be installed between the softball and baseball fields. The new facility presents new competitive sports opportunities, a launch of kinesiology sand volleyball classes in the spring, with those classes opening to the campus in the fall.
This week, the now-ubiquitous construction fences were installed around the playing fields. Next week, demolition of the dugouts begins. The construction timeline specifies a December 31, 2017 completion. While athletic facilities are under construction, athletes will train and compete at other venues, looking forward to better facilities when they return to campus.