CLARION – The Pennsylvania Department of General Services announced yesterday (Tuesday) the Clarion University Tippin Gymnasium Renovation Project has officially been awarded and construction is expected to begin in March.

“We are pleased to announce the award and impending commencement of Clarion University’s Tippin Gymnasium renovation project,” said General Services Deputy Secretary for Public Works Liz O’Reilly. “Thanks to the cooperation, commitment and patience that took place between all parties involved, we were able to work out a project scope that delivers a quality, state-of-the-art facility that students, staff, fans and the community will be able to enjoy.”

The $42.7 million project will be a total renovation with a new entrance/lobby to the facility, complete overhaul of the basketball courts and seating, natatorium overhaul with a new combination swimming/diving pool, expanded areas for wrestling, new weight room, new locker rooms and a new auxiliary gymnasium. The facility will also get new restrooms, HVAC system replacement and new LED lighting fixtures throughout.

In addition, the project is designed to achieve the LEED Silver level of sustainability under the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED 2009 for New Construction and Major Renovations.

The contractors for the project are: Mascaro Construction Company (General), Renick Brothers Mechanical Contractors (HVAC), Shipley Brothers Construction, Inc. (Plumbing) and Westmoreland Electric Services, LLC (Electrical).

The next step is for DGS to hold the initial job conference for the project in March, at which time construction will officially begin. At this meeting, project schedules and timelines will be developed and confirmed.

The project is expected to take a little more than 17 months to complete.

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