A new baseball and softball complex at Enterprise High School -- complete with concessions, bathrooms and parking -- could cost over $2.5 million, according to Ken Upchurch of TCU Consulting.
“Those projects, they’re in the two and half to three and a half million dollar range,” Upchurch told members of the Enterprise City Schools Board of Education on Tuesday afternoon. “It’s all dependent on scope. Your goal would be to get somewhere in the middle of that.”
TCU Consulting, which specializes in program management for architectural, engineering and construction programs, currently manages construction projects -- to fix capstone and leak issues-- on the Enterprise High School building.
They could provide management consulting for the baseball and softball complex, if selected by the school.
“We really have appreciated the opportunity to work on the high school repair project,” Upchurch said. “If you decide you want to engage us (again) to help you with this project, we’d love to do it for you.”
Upchurch presented a possible time table for completion of the complex.
“It would be very difficult, given the site that you’re thinking about, to have that open for baseball season next year,” he said. “I just don’t think it’s possible. In fact, I don’t think it’s reasonable to do that. If you try to do that, you’re going to spend a lot more money and the only guarantee you’re going to have of expediting is that you’re going to pay for it -- because you don’t know what the weather’s going to do, and you don’t know what the material prices are going to do.”
According to Upchurch, there are many different aspects of the project that still have to be considered such as sizing and site preparation.
“You get the best value for your construction dollar before you ever put a shovel in the ground,” said Upchurch. “We spend our time upfront right-sizing your project -- getting what you need and getting the quality you need, but not anymore than that, because you have to pay for it when you operate it. Unfortunately, I use your school as an example.”
Upchurch said EHS is somewhere in the range of 500,000 square feet with an enrollment of 2,200 students.
“Most of the high schools around the state that are being built today have 1,800 to 2,200 students, and they’re being built at 350,000 or 360,000 square feet,” he said. “You’ve got 140,000 square feet that you have to pay for that some of these other newer high schools aren’t having to pay for. You have to make sure to right-size facilities.”
The site for the complex is not on level ground, Upchurch said, which presents a variety of options for school officials to consider.
“You can level part of it and put a retaining wall in the outfield area to hold back the rest of the dirt, or you can move all the dirt toward the current road and fill in some of the ditch that’s there,” Upchurch told The Ledger. “Or you can just haul that dirt off. It all depends on what look they’re wanting and what the various costs are.”
Upchurch told the board he felt TCU Consulting had the right team of people to lead the project and his team would “love to have the opportunity” to manage.
He advised board members to travel to athletic complexes at other schools that TCU Consulting has worked on before to get an idea of possible looks and designs for the complex, as well as any amenities.