Off-sea­son re­build­ing

Con­tract awarded to con­struct new fa­cil­i­ties at Ju­bilee Field in Cor­ner Brook

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COR­NER BROOK, N.L. — The old club­house at Ju­bilee Field will soon have a date with de­mo­li­tion. The City of Cor­ner Brook last week awarded the $1.8-mil­lion con­tract to build the new fa­cil­ity to Brook Con­struc­tion Ltd.

Brook Con­struc­tion was the low­est of four bid­ders. The other three — Tech Con­struc­tion, Em­man­ual Con­struc­tion and Can-Am Plat­forms Ltd. — had sub­mit­ted bids be­tween more than $2.14 mil­lion and nearly $2.33 mil­lion.

The con­tract in­cludes de­mol­ish­ing and dis­posal of the cur­rent, 102-square-me­tre ma­sonry can­teen and dress­ing room build­ing. The struc­ture has served the Cor­ner Brook base­ball com­mu­nity for more than 50 years.

The con­tract also calls for the re­moval of the wooden-framed score­keeper’s hut and as­so­ci­ated stor­age sheds, as well as some trees to make way for the new fa­cil­ity.

The con­trac­tor will not only build a new 345-square-me­tre club­house but will also erect a new score­keep­ing hut and com­plete all me­chan­i­cal and elec­tri­cal sys­tems for both build­ings and other as­pects of the ball park.

The con­tract terms state work must be sub­stan­tially done within 175 work­ing days of the con­tact be­ing awarded.

The city says it hopes work will com­mence soon so the build­ings can be closed in be­fore snow­fall and ready for use by the base­ball com­mu­nity by June 2020. The city said it should know more about the con­struc­tion start date this week.

The Cor­ner Brook Base­ball As­so­ci­a­tion is hop­ing the work will not im­pact its plans to fin­ish off the cur­rent base­ball sea­son in its en­tirety. The Cor­ner Brook Mol­son Men’s Se­nior Base­ball League had ini­tially planned a short­ened 18game reg­u­lar-sea­son sched­ule, plus two play­off rounds, in an­tic­i­pa­tion of hav­ing to be off the field by Aug. 31.

When it be­came clearer they had more time, the four-team league ex­panded its reg­u­lar sea­son to 24 games, the same amount it nor­mally plays each sum­mer.

The last reg­u­lar sea­son game was played last Thurs­day night and the first of two best-of-five play­off rounds started this week with the reg­u­lar sea­son cham­pion Veitch Phys­io­ther­apy Aces tak­ing on the fourth-place Wing ‘N’ It Marlins and the sec­ond-place Veitch’s Ul­tra­mar Hawks battling the West Side Mon­archs in the other semi­fi­nal.

Frank Humber, who is in charge of field op­er­a­tions with the as­so­ci­a­tion, said the league will ad­just the play­off for­mat if the con­trac­tor in­forms the as­so­ci­a­tion it needs ac­cess to the field ear­lier than an­tic­i­pated or if in­clement weather un­avoid­ably pro­longs the league’s post­sea­son.

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