Not all was entirely quiet here at Kingswood this past summer. Just because our students packed up and headed home, doesn’t mean we weren’t buzzing with activity around campus.
Kirk Sabine, VP for Campus Life and our project manager for the athletic fields, swung into high gear to construct the athletic fields. From bush mowing to surveying, to moving earth and topsoil, Kirk diligently led the team to see Phase I completed, not only on time but also under budget!
Of course, Kirk didn’t accomplish all this by himself. With the help of more than 30 volunteers, Jeff Fuller, our voluntary design and project consultant, and E.J. Cunningham, our main contractor, Kirk and the team installed the irrigation systems and seeded the soccer and softball fields.
Kirk happily reports, “We’ve kept costs within our $150,000 budget for Phase I. E.J. Cunningham continually helped us contain project costs. What an exceptional contracting company to work with!”
With the completion of Phase I, we move into Phase II. This consists of constructing a 2-level clubhouse overlooking the fields. The first level will house the Great Room, a wonderful meeting place for retreats, business meetings, classes, and the like. The lower level will contain locker rooms and a storage area for sports equipment.
We anticipate using the athletic fields for competition in Fall 2017. We also hope by this winter, students and the community both will be skating on the pond, practicing their figure 8’s and taking a few slap shots on net.
In celebration of 35 years since Pete’s graduation, alumni Pete and Ginnie Benson generously contributed $140,000 to Phase I. They also promised a $100,000 matching gift for Phase II. Fundraising is now complete for Phase II, and we expect to break ground for the clubhouse this upcoming spring!
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