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Pace University Announces Selection of Design Build Team for Athletic Facilities Featured in Master Plan for Pleasantville Campus

Andron Construction and OSports Selected for Project that Includes Varsity Field House, Turf Fields with Lights among Numerous Program Upgrades

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. (March 2014) -- Pace University has announced the selection of Andron Construction and OSports as the design build team for the Athletic Department component of the Master Plan for the revitalization of the Pleasantville campus. Andron will handle construction management and OSports will provide architectural and engineering services.  

Based in Goldens Bridge, NY, Andron is one of the region's leading general contractors and construction managers. Founded in 1969, the company provides all phases of construction, from program development through final completion. Andron has provided construction management services for projects in public and private education, healthcare, senior living and science and technology. The company has managed several major construction projects for Pace University including the Ann and Alfred Goldstein Health, Fitness and Recreation Center in Pleasantville, a three-story classroom building at the Pace University Law School in White Plains and a 32,000-square-foot building that houses the computer science department and business school in Pleasantville.

OSports has a rich heritage of sports and recreation planning and design dating back to 1909. Since then, it has designed some of the nation's most famous venues including the original Fenway Park, Yankee Stadium, Cleveland Municipal Stadium and old Comiskey Park. More recently, OSports has provided master planning and architectural and engineering services for Ohio State University's 102,329-seat football stadium known as the "Horseshoe." The firm, which is based in Cleveland, also specializes in designing facilities for small- to medium-size colleges, universities, schools and communities.

The Athletics Department component of the Pleasantville Master Plan includes the renovation of Peter X. Finnerty Field with a turf surface and lights for night games. Finnerty Field is home for the Pace Baseball team and will become the game field for the newly formed Women’s Field Hockey program. Pace Field, currently the home field for Pace Football and Men’s Lacrosse will be renovated to a synthetic surface with lights, approximately 1,000 seats, and a new press box. The new field will be the home for the Pace Football, Women’s Soccer, Men’s Lacrosse and Women’s Lacrosse teams. Other athletics-related improvements include the creation of a new softball field behind Dyson Hall to replace the field currently on the Briarcliff campus and construction of a varsity field house with locker rooms, administrative offices, a varsity weight room, sports medicine training facilities, and a VIP Room overlooking the field. 

Ground was broken this past fall on the $100 million first phase of the Master Plan for the transformation of the Pleasantville campus. It is the most extensive expansion and improvement project since the campus opened over 50 years ago. The fully approved four-year Master Plan will result in the consolidation of the Briarcliff campus at Pleasantville and include a wide range of important improvements including significantly expanded and upgraded athletics facilities. 

In addition to the athletic facilities, the Master Plan includes construction of new residence halls, an expansion of the Morris and Janet Kessel Student Center, relocation of the Pace Environmental Center to an expanded site of the campus and an overall reorientation of the campus to a pedestrian-friendly design.

The announcement of the design build team for the Pace Athletics facilities comes as the department prepares to induct its 50th member into the Pace Athletics Hall of Fame at the 2014 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Friday, March 28 beginning at 6pm. The Pace Pleasantville campus is celebrating its 50th anniversary. The Hall of Fame dinner will be held at Willow Ridge Country Club in Harrison, NY. 

About Pace Athletics: Pace University is an NCAA Division II member of the Northeast-10 Conference that sponsors 14 intercollegiate sports. Pace also sponsors a Spirit Squad which includes Dance and Cheerleading teams. In the Fall 2013 semester, 57% of Pace student-athletes achieved a grade point average of 3.0 or higher with five recording a perfect 4.0 GPA.  

About Pace University:
Pace University is a comprehensive, independent University with campuses in New York City and Westchester County. Nearly 14,000 students are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, School of Education, School of Law and College of Health Professions. http://www.pace.edu

CONTACT:  Dean Bender
                   Thompson & Bender
                   (914) 762-1900
                   dean@thompson-bender.com

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