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05/07/2001
Hudson Valley Community College Breaks Ground On Baseball Stadium

CONTACT: Jeff Foley (518) 629-8085 or Sarah Boggess (518) 629-8071
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, May 7, 2001
http://www.hvcc.edu

Hudson Valley Community College broke ground for its 4,500-seat baseball stadium today, just one day shy of the year anniversary of New York State Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno's (R-C, Brunswick) announcement that he had secured funds in the state budget to construct the new $13 million facility.

Senator Bruno was joined at the 10 a.m. event by Hudson Valley Community College President John Buono, baseball team owner William Gladstone, chairwoman of the board of the New York State Dormitory Authority Gail Gordon, and a host of other local dignitaries.

The unnamed venue (Hudson Valley has retained Baltimore-based Smith Sports International, LTD in its efforts to procure a naming rights partner for the baseball stadium, which is scheduled to open in June 2002) will be home to a Houston Astros-affiliated Class A baseball team from the New York-Penn League. It also will serve as the home field for Hudson Valley's baseball team, as well as a variety of other college and community events.

DLR Group of Tampa, Fla. and Troy-based U.W. Marx Construction Co. are serving as the design-build team for the baseball stadium, which will have open-air seats and an open-air concourse to support concession stands, team administration areas, 10 suites for corporate use and classrooms. The stadium will have three levels of seating – box, reserved and general admission.

The design-build group is interfacing with several local firms. Architecture + of Troy is serving as a local architectural liaison for DLR Group. Clough Harbour & Associates LLP of Colonie are providing site design and engineering services, and Quantum Engineering Company, P.C., of Selkirk are serving as a local engineering liaison.

In 12 seasons in the New York-Penn League, the Pittsfield Astros, formerly known as the Pittsfield Mets, have produced 36 Major League players. Principal owner William Gladstone, who serves on the board of directors of the National Hall of Fame, expects the team to draw well over 100,000 fans each season in Troy.

The college will operate the facility when the team is not using it during its season, which spans from mid-June to the first week of September and includes 38 regular-season home games. In particular, Hudson Valley's baseball team will hold its home games at the facility.

Hudson Valley Community College, located in Troy, offers more than 50 degree and certification programs in four academic divisions: Liberal Arts and Sciences; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Business; as well as programs run through the Educational Opportunities Center offering certification in workforce and academic preparation. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, Hudson Valley has an enrollment of more than 9,000 students each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining.

U.W. Marx Construction Co. has been in the industry for 52 years. Led by Peter B. Marx, who has been the president for 15 years, U.W. Marx is one of the largest construction companies in the Capital Region. The company is multi-faceted in the areas of general contracting, construction management, and design/build management, and has focused its expertise on colleges, schools, transportation facilities, museums, housing and parking garages. U.W. Marx recently completed work on the Saratoga Museum and a SUNY parking garage, located off I-787. The company is currently serving as construction manager for the new Rensselaer train station project. Additionally, U.W. Marx has renovated nine buildings at Hudson Valley, most recently working on the college's Guenther building.

DLR Group is a national architectural/engineering/planning/design firm with many baseball parks to their credit. DLR Group has completed work on the following minor-league facilities: BellSouth Park in Chattanooga, Tenn. (Chattanooga Lookouts), Casaro Field in Niles, Ohio (Mahoning Valley Scrappers) and Jerry Uht Ballpark in Erie, Pa. (Erie SeaWolves). Also, the company was responsible for Tampa Bay's Legend Field, where the New York Yankees conduct spring training, and Hammonds Stadium in Fort Myers, where the Minnesota Twins hold spring training sessions. Today, DLR Group employs well over 500 professionals in 19 offices across the United States. These professionals specialize in the delivery of quality, responsive planning and design services to a broad spectrum of clients. Now an employee-owned corporation, DLR Group has grown into the seventh largest architectural and engineering firm in the United States, as ranked by Building Design and Construction magazine in July 1999.