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New stadium replaces 50-year-old facility

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McCarthy Building Cos. Inc. has completed construction of a new athletic stadium at Carlsbad High School.

The stadium represents the second phase of a three-phased, $86-million construction renovation of Carlsbad High School that McCarthy began in June 2008. Carlsbad High School is among eight schools within the Carlsbad Unified School District being constructed or modernized with funding from Proposition P, a $198-million bond measure passed by voters in 2006.

The stadium phase, valued at $13.6 million, included demolition of the existing stadium, installation of underground utility infrastructure, and construction of a new 3,900-seat athletic stadium with aluminum bleachers and a synthetic track and field area. The scope of work included construction of a new 10,000-sq-ft building that houses locker rooms, restrooms and concession areas. A prominent feature of the new stadium is a Pop Warner-sponsored scoreboard with state-of-the-art LED technology for animated messaging.

The Carlsbad High School modernization and construction project has been divided into multiple phases to allow the school to continue operating during the projected three-year-long construction period. McCarthy will soon break ground on the final phase, which involves construction of 11 new permanent education structures. The one- and two-story education buildings will comprise 99,000 sq ft of classroom, performing arts, vocational education lab and food service space. Completion of this final phase is slated for fall 2011.

Perkins+Will is the project architect for the entire modernization project. Gafcon is the program manager.


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