In May 2017 the COS Board of Trustees approved a loan for capital improvements at College of the Siskiyous. These improvements included $1,500,000 for the renovation of the football field creating an artificial turf football/soccer field which were part of the Facilities Master Plan. This approval took into consideration that in 2016 men's and women's soccer was brought to College of the Siskiyous (COS). The teams have been using the baseball outfield for practice and contests. The long term solution is to create a soccer field with proper league dimensions, spectator seating and a regulation scoreboard.
In the fall of 2017 COS interviewed several Sports field design firms. Lloyd Civil and Sports Engineering were chosen. Early in the design process a potential Soccer League rule change, on minimum field size, was announced. The League's proposed field size exceeded the footprint of the COS football field. The original design plan was revised to place artificial turf on the football field and to construct a league size natural turf soccer field on the current football practice field.
In late April 2018 Lloyd's Engineers presented the stakeholder group with a Soccer Design Concept presentation, Project Schedule and Construction Cost Estimate. The project schedule and cost estimate exceeded the current budget and anticipated completion date. The stakeholder group met to discuss these challenges and proposed a new plan to better align the vision with the budget and expected completion date, still meeting the needs of both the football and soccer programs.
The new plan was to construct an artificial turf soccer field on the football practice field and renovate the existing natural turf football field. This plan and Lloyd Engineering's Soccer Design Concept presentation were given to the Board at their May 2018 meeting. The board supported the new plan and scope of work with two community open forum meetings scheduled in September 2018 to gather input and answer questions regarding the revised project which eventually led to the proposal of a much smaller scope of work.
In January 2019 it was determined that for short term planning, by reducing the project scope to a natural turf soccer field, still meeting league rules, provided COS the opportunity to pursue the additional funding needed for the original concept of a synthetic football and soccer field thus meeting the long term needs of these athletic programs and the college strategic plan.
Construction is scheduled to begin May 1, 2019 with a completion date of July 31, 2019.
Project scope includes renovating an existing natural grass sports field with approximately 25,000 square feet of new natural grass sod and irrigation. The project requires rough and fine grading, soil amendments, sports turf irrigation installation, sod installation and a turf maintenance period. Work must be performed by a California Licensed contractor able to demonstration experience installing natural grass sports fields of similar or greater scope.
Veronica Rivera, Interim Director of Facilities
Phone: (530) 938-5233