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Let me reiterate, I don't have any inside knowledge about this. Just speculation. I'm assuming that they probably just re-worked the time line and will do phases until the financial picture becomes clearer. So, yes, I expect it to take longer.
Looking at the construction cameras I noticed in the last couple of days they seemed to have cleaned up the outside and have stopped construction. I wonder if they are strictly working on the inside of Gutterson now.
 

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Not a lot, but interesting (well really depressing, albeit unsurprising) tidbit in this article on the UVM Arena construction.

The project’s general contractor said he expects the project to remain on hold for at least another 3-5 years. That’s not 3-5 years until completion, rather 3-5 years until we simply get back to the place we were ~14 months ago before construction shutdown (So likely 5-7 years until completion as a best case scenario).

Is there anyway in hell this thing will be built after a six year wait? I’m also wondering what was discussed at the most recent Board meeting the other month. I believe the topic was on the agenda but I don’t remember any press releases or public statement’s on the project’s status afterwards.

The facts is any single $1 that’s not spent on liberal arts and CALS is an uphill battle in today’s environment. The activists nitpick everything. Doesn’t matter if its engineering, athletics, business school or even the med school. The activists won’t be happy until athletics are eliminated and every French professor is put on tenure and makes over $300k. UVM’s board of trustees has ZERO backbone. Smh.
 

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Wait- nobody ever thought a new basketball arena was seriously ever going to get built, right?

I mean, let’s try and be real here for just one second.
 
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Not a lot, but interesting (well really depressing, albeit unsurprising) tidbit in this article on the UVM Arena construction.

The project’s general contractor said he expects the project to remain on hold for at least another 3-5 years. That’s not 3-5 years until completion, rather 3-5 years until we simply get back to the place we were ~14 months ago before construction shutdown (So likely 5-7 years until completion as a best case scenario).

Is there anyway in hell this thing will be built after a six year wait? I’m also wondering what was discussed at the most recent Board meeting the other month. I believe the topic was on the agenda but I don’t remember any press releases or public statement’s on the project’s status afterwards.

The facts is any single $1 that’s not spent on liberal arts and CALS is an uphill battle in today’s environment. The activists nitpick everything. Doesn’t matter if its engineering, athletics, business school or even the med school. The activists won’t be happy until athletics are eliminated and every French professor is put on tenure and makes over $300k. UVM’s board of trustees has ZERO backbone. Smh.
It is so obvious you did not attend UVM at all the way you write about these "activists" and come up with your reactionary and stupid takes.

The board met in executive session last time it was discussed to talk about re-sequencing. You conveniently left out that the hope is this spring they start on the $21 million project to expand the wellness facilities around Patrick Gym, since you know, that's part of the $95 million total facilities project it's not like they've given up. They must figure doing the work around the gym is the best course forward, while the $73 million for the basketball facility has to wait. Oh my gosh, what a surprise! Booey hoo the most expensive thing is going to take the longest to complete and the college's financial situation has changed after a global pandemic plus the real priority of the school is to educate people not have new sports playthings in the first place.
 

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Haven't they already dug the hole for the new arena? I thought I had seen pictures of that posted some time ago.
 

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Haven't they already dug the hole for the new arena? I thought I had seen pictures of that posted some time ago.
Big holes in Burlington aren't anything new. There's a giant one downtown where an old mall used to be thanks to a completely bungled development plan with some shady characters involved. What's one more?

In seriousness, yes there is one. It's going to be delayed because it's the most expensive part. Tough pill to swallow for fans but again, it's not being abandoned completely. They've just moved to another part the school knows it can get done. I don't see how that's not easy to understand given the year this country has been through, and what colleges in general are going through, especially institutions like UVM. It sucks, but it is what it is. But, leave it to resident dipshit to say it's because French professors want $300k a year or that in the midst of programs and funding on the academic side being diminished or eliminated, people would be understandably upset there was $95 mil going towards athletic facilities at a school where athletics loses money and holds no large cultural value to the campus and community at large (it may seem overstated here, but it's truly a blip on the radar statewide).

It'll get built eventually. We wouldn't be having this conversation if not for the pandemic. But because someone can't comprehend basics and is a non-alum who only views the basketball team as an entertainment vessel and not part of a larger institution of higher learning that has other more important priorities, it makes it easy for him to put this much stupidity into writing on a regular basis, these are the takes we get and it takes rational human beings to have to put things in perspective.
 

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For all the panicked people, they're starting back up with the wellness project and Gutterson first in the current re-sequencing:


The "existing group fitness space" is the spaces in between Patrick and Gutterson for those who don't know the layout. They're then adding new locker rooms for the hockey teams, and then will construct the connective part of the concourse that is set to connect Gutterson and the new basketball facility. The basketball facility is on pause, but again, that's just because it's the most expensive part. My guess is it starts up next summer, and is open by 2025.
 

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For all the panicked people, they're starting back up with the wellness project and Gutterson first in the current re-sequencing:


The "existing group fitness space" is the spaces in between Patrick and Gutterson for those who don't know the layout. They're then adding new locker rooms for the hockey teams, and then will construct the connective part of the concourse that is set to connect Gutterson and the new basketball facility. The basketball facility is on pause, but again, that's just because it's the most expensive part. My guess is it starts up next summer, and is open by 2025.
it's a bout time. Ridicoulous the delays.
 

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Am I missing something? The article says that work is beginning again on the health and wellness center...it does not say that work is or will be starting on the Tarrant Center...
It's been re-sequenced to be the last piece for the entire $95 million project, because its $70 million of the total project. That was what the board of trustees decided a little while ago, before getting the go ahead on construction resumption. They're working on the build-out for the wellness facility in the parts around Patrick Gym (which will eventually be encompassed into the wellness facility), and on Gutterson adding new locker rooms and building phase one of the shared concourses that will link both Gutterson and Tarrant. It's not mentioned in the article, but they're also working on the roof at Gutterson too as part of the project.

People are just going to need to wait. Some will still panic and act like it's never coming, it will. Just later. Like I said months ago, without a pandemic we're not having this conversation. They're not going to jump into the most expensive part off the bat.
 

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Is there any update on the Tarrant Center moving forward? Earlier in the season a few of the home announcers (ie - when UVM was on the road) on ESPN+ broadcasts mentioned a new arena for UVM opening in a year or two. I assume they were looking at old information. As far as I can tell, there has been no movement on construction. I hope someone tells me I am wrong!
 

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My understanding was that the entire project was still moving forward, but that the specific Tarrant Center portion of it was moving down the pecking order of completion based on economic factors, etc. They're still moving forward with the Gutterson renovations (on some scale, maybe not what was initially envisioned) mostly because the broke Gutterson so badly in this process (like when they stripped an entire wall off) that they have to fix it up. They also did some work on the student rec aspects of the project. But the big piece de resistance would have to wait a little.
 

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The news says construction costs, including wages, have shot up in the last year or more. Things are probably on hold until the costs are more favorable or more rich alums make big donations.
Costs aren’t going down, and they need to float a bond, so with interest rates going up, to finish this as envisioned is going to cost them millions more, maybe $10M and up. They are working on the behinds the scenes stuff like locker rooms, infrastructure etc. I think increasing the student athletic fee was a source of income, but with Covid and tuition freezes that may not happen. Optimistically we may end up with a ramped down Gut renovation and less fancy Arena. Pessimistically, they finish up what they’re working on and put a kibosh on the fan friendly portion of the Gut renovations and no Arena. I’m a pessimist based on the lack of communication from UVM. Just my opinion, with no inside sources.
 
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