Construction at Campbell Sports Center is still on schedule, meaning Columbia sports teams might be able start their fall seasons in a brand new athletics complex.
Work on the sports facility—which is currently being built at 218th Street and Broadway, on the southeast corner of Baker Field—will continue through the summer, and if all goes as planned it will open by the fall.
The University plans to have the complex open by the Homecoming football game in the upcoming fall season.
According to University spokesperson Victoria Benitez, the construction currently involves building the exterior faces of the building and the interior structure and walls. Work on the enclosure and the interior began in January, after the building reached its maximum height and the crane was dismantled.
“Later phases will involve the interior fit-out and finishes,” Benitez said. Interior fit-out includes the installation of ceilings, floors, and partitions, as well as the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems.
The sports complex will include meeting and conference rooms, a strength-and-conditioning center, a lounge and study room, and other facilities for Columbia athletes and the athletics department.
The University is holding a “hire on the spot” event May 8 for minority, women, and local union workers looking to get construction jobs on the site.The event will give workers the chance to meet with contractors to discuss opportunities in various construction projects, including painting, flooring, and roofing.
Also in accordance with a community benefits agreement reached with Community Board 12, the University is providing 32 children living in CB12’s neighborhood with scholarships to attend sports camps at Baker Field this summer.