The start of construction is within a month or two of what they have been saying all along, with a 2020 finish date; so for them to now say it will not be until 2021 is disappointing. Feels like we were strung along a bit.Coach Becker on 101.3 this morning said he's on campus today for a ceremonial groundbreaking.
The bad news is that, per Schulman, we may have two full seasons in Patrick to go.
I agree the 2020 date seemed unrealistic. But they consistently set the expectations that it would be completed by then. Now the party line is this is an 18-24 month project, likely pushing it out to 2021. Even if they started in March, 18 months best case is the only way it would have been ready for 2020 season. So in that respect I think they knowingly set an unreasonable finish date to drum up excitement for the project. Now I’m hoping they focus more on the Gut renovation to be completed by 2020 and the new Arena 2021.The 2020 opening date always seemed out of reach to me. The last thing we want is for the contractors to do a rush job. Take the necessary time to build it right.
I'm curious what this does for recruiting? The 2020 recruits will only have one year in Patrick and when they visit campus construction will be underway. 2021 recruits will get to play their freshmen year in a brand new facility.
Exciting times indeed. You got to hand to Schulman, he was hired to get this done and it's happening.
The cost overruns haven't started on this project yet so your jealousy may not be called for. I always have expected the final cost of any construction to be whatever the contractors can squeeze out of you.As much as I love the Events Center at UMBC, I’m a bit jealous of what your dollar gets you in Burlington.
We had to spend quite a bit more than we expected and I think some parts of the facility suffered as a result.
The cost overruns haven't started on this project yet so your jealousy may not be called for. I always have expected the final cost of any construction to be whatever the contractors can squeeze out of you.