By MATT KOESTERS
Things are looking up for fans of soccer in Jeffersonville.
Instead of having to wait more than a year from now for the Woehrle Athletic Complex to open, cleats should be able to bite into the fresh fields in spring 2014. But the price tag for the project has climbed.
The Jeffersonville Parks Authority learned Monday that the new soccer complex is ahead of schedule, but they also learned that it will cost up to $200,000 more than initially expected.
The parks authority approved five change orders for the project Monday, the most expensive of those being one adding about $90,000 because of difficulties encountered by construction firm AML Inc. during the removal of rock.
“The hardness of the rock meant that we could not remove it by conventional means, and the extent was costly,” said James Lake, architect with Kovert Hawkins.
Lake said that AML had to resort to blasting to remove the unwanted rock from the site.
However, one of the change orders actually reduced the project’s cost by about $85,000, said Ed Zastawny, parks authority president and Jeffersonville City Council member. The artificial-turf field at the site originally called for cork fill, but will use less expensive fill materials, he said.
“In our research, we went to [the University of Louisville] where they have a cork field, and there were some concerns that they had with static, like static electricity, and puddling of water when it rains,” Zastawny said. “So we decided to go back to the traditional artificial turf field.”
Cork had originally been considered because of concerns about keeping the field cool during warmer months, Zastawny explained.
The parks authority increased the contract amount with AML for the construction of the athletic complex by $200,000, increasing the total for the project from $4.055 million to $4.255 million.
“It’s not that we expect $200,000 of additional expenses, but we do expect additional expenses that get close to that figure,” Zastawny said. “So instead of going a nickel or dime here and there, we knew that it was going to be somewhat substantial.”
The field will be seeded during the fall, and AML will be done with site work by the end of the year, Lake said.
“The way they’re going, they’re going to be able to hit the growing season early, so we’ll actually get a full growing season of grass,” Lake said.