Nearly $16 million contract awarded for 1st phase Houck multiuse complex
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – A nearly $16 million contract has been awarded for the first phase of a new transformational Houck multiuse complex on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University.
The Southeast Missouri State University’s Board of Governors authorized the administration to proceed with awarding a contract to Fager-McGee Commercial Construction during its meeting Tuesday.
The $15,978,100 contract includes the construction and replacement of the south sideline and grandstand of Houck Field as well as new seating, turf replacement, concession stands, restrooms, ADA access, and associated HVAC, mechanical and other systems work.
The football and soccer facilities were more than 90 years old.
The new facility will offer improved athletic facilities and academic spaces.
“When we talk about the Houck Project, we aren’t just talking about the stadium,” said Dr. Carlos Vargas, president of Southeast Missouri State University. “It is a multiuse complex that will include a facility with classrooms, labs, and offices to support STEM, health, life, and allied health sciences research, and academic programs.”
Potential laboratories incorporated into the new facility may include an allied health laboratory, a biology (physiology) lab, a virtual anatomy laboratory, and a life science (biomechanics) laboratory.
Last fall, the university and the Southeast Missouri University Foundation identified about $12 million to initiate the project. This summer, Southeast received $11 million from the State of Missouri approved by Governor Mike Parson for the complex.
An economic impact study completed last year by an international labor market analytics firm (EMSI) found the investment won’t only benefit Southeast but also the region in significant ways.
“The study found the multiuse complex would add $31 million to the economy including the construction spending impact as well as the long-term visitor spending impact which is projected to increase by nearly a quarter million dollars per year,” said Vargas in a news release.
Phase one of the project is anticipated to be completed in August 2023.