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University continues feasibility analysis, seeks proposals for design-build services for design, construction

COURTESY: OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY/KARL MAASDAM - As part of a feasilbity study related to a modernization of the the westside of Reser Stadium, Oregon State University has issued a request for proposals for design and construction services.

Oregon State University is looking for design and construction proposals as the next step in determining the feasibility of moving forward with plans to modernize the westside of Reser Stadium on the school's Corvallis campus.

The stadium's westside portion was constructed in 1967 and then remodeled in 1991. The project being currently considered would bring that part of the stadium in line with additions to the north and eastside that were completed during the past 15 years.

Reser Stadium serves as the site of the university's football team home games. The university's athletics department has estimated the work needed to bring the westside part of the stadium in line with the east and north sides will run between $145 million and $175 million.

The university has already determined that money from student tuition, state appropriations or state-paid bonds would not be used to pay for the project. Instead, the cost would likely be covered by a combination of donor gifts contributed specifically for the stadium completion, revenue from premium seating tickets, and sponsorships. The university also has floated the idea of entering a public-private partnership to help pay for the modernization costs.

The current call for proposals is just one of many steps that will be used to determine whether now is the right time to move forward with the westside modernization project. Any work that might be awarded as a result of the RFPs that the university issued on Monday will be limited to design-build services for design and pre-construction only, Scott Barnes, OSU's athletic director and vice president of intercollegiate athletics, said in a press release issued by the university.

"We are seeking proposals from the nation's best firms as it regards design, constructability reviews, concepts for value engineering, estimating, phasing the project's completion and pricing," Barnes said in the release.

As currently envisioned, the modernization project would include seismic upgrades to the westside portion of the stadium, improvements to concessions and restroom areas, and the addition of new premium seating spaces and a visitor's locker room. The deadline for proposals is Feb. 20.

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