Peabody Stadium Nears Completion

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Peabody Stadium Nears Completion
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Source: Santa Barbara Unified School District

The stadium project at Santa Barbara High School is nearing completion.  By working together with the contractor, we feel that significant progress is being made.  We have authorized overtime on Saturdays for critical path work, and approved an accelerant for the tile mortar bed that will cut cure time from twenty-five days to five. 

Drainage systems, retaining walls, grandstand seating, and stadium lighting have all been completed.  Base material for the asphalt sub surface below the track is being completed this week, and we expect the asphalt to be placed within the next two weeks. 

During the twenty-eight days required for the asphalt to cure, the artificial turf field will be installed.  Also continuing during this time will be completion of the restrooms, exterior plaster, fire sprinklers and fire alarm system, and emergency notification system.  The state inspection of the elevator is scheduled for the end of January. Landscaping will also continue during this time.  The new track surface will be installed as one of the last components to avoid damage from construction vehicles.

The most recent schedule we received indicates substantial completion by February 20, and a project completion date in mid to late April.  Barring weather delays, there is potential for it to be completed sooner.

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a-1579908039 Jan 24, 2020 03:20 PM
Peabody Stadium Nears Completion

Millions of dollars to build a stadium. Very little money to stop crime/drugs/gangs/violence in the same neighborhood. I don't get it.

420722 Jan 24, 2020 05:06 PM
Peabody Stadium Nears Completion

Santa Barbara cares more about aesthetics than it does real issues. I can’t think of one real problem our current city council has solved. There is still, rampant building, crime and homelessness. I’d fire them all if I had could.

a-1579971631 Jan 25, 2020 09:00 AM
Peabody Stadium Nears Completion

The schools are a state agency just like City College and UCSB. The city and city council have absolutely no input to what they do even when within city limits.

915films Jan 24, 2020 03:39 PM
Peabody Stadium Nears Completion

The primary mission of the school district is education. Seems like some of those millions could have been better spent.

Alexblue Jan 24, 2020 04:52 PM
Peabody Stadium Nears Completion

So, this press release is missing some vital information:

How much was the project budgeted at?
How much over budget will it be?

I'd also be interested to know if there were any alternative solutions considered that would have allowed for kids to play games, i.e., high school sports, like, oh, you know, a big open space at one tenth of the cost.

It's really pathetic that school spend this kind of money on building sports facilities--they are there to educate kids, not crank out future professional athletes.

millimesa Jan 24, 2020 05:19 PM
Peabody Stadium Nears Completion

As a Santa Barbara High alumni and a four year member of the running program I was happy to donate to the foundation and now see Peabody stadium brought to a current standard.

a-1579918532 Jan 24, 2020 06:15 PM
Peabody Stadium Nears Completion

As an SBHS alumnus, this monstrosity breaks my heart. Yes, I get that this provided work for a lot of people but ------ so many trees removed and now all this concrete. The size of the thing. It is completely out of keeping with the neighborhood-------more like some entertainment venue stadium. Also: Artificial turf is a health hazard. Potentially carcinogenic. And, although the grass is synthetic, weeds such as crabgrass will find their way there and then pesticides must be applied. (+Too many things wrong with artificial turf to list here.) My condolences to the neighbors who had to suffer through this project. Shame on the people who conceived of this and spent monies that should have gone toward turning out well-rounded and better-educated students.

a-1579924279 Jan 24, 2020 07:51 PM
Peabody Stadium Nears Completion

My gosh. Please look up Aesop's fable re: sour grapes. You've got some larnin' to do.

a-1580075748 Jan 26, 2020 01:55 PM
Peabody Stadium Nears Completion

You're right, it is a good thing. Nobody's contesting that. The point is, was it the best thing? Well, on a list of priorities, this might have rolled in about as priority #8,774.

sbdude Jan 24, 2020 07:30 PM
Peabody Stadium Nears Completion

The original estimates (2015) were $12M. Now the project is due to come in at $39M.

I can't wait to see the cost overruns for the next big projects - one to take the schools off the electric grid, add charging stations, etc., and one to build the new engineering building at Dos Pueblos.

CoastWatch Jan 24, 2020 08:32 PM
Peabody Stadium Nears Completion

A new Trade School warehouse /classrooms teaching trades like welding, construction framing, plumbing , electrical and auto technology would have been a better return on the dollar then a stadium.

Ando43 Jan 24, 2020 08:51 PM
Peabody Stadium Nears Completion

It looks amazing and will be enjoyed for many generations to come. As a Dons alumni myself i'm very happy with the huge upgrade "fake grass" and all. Have a great weekend everyone!!

Resident Jan 25, 2020 09:05 AM
Peabody Stadium Nears Completion

Well over budget and well behind schedule. Unfortunately that performance seems too often typical for public, state-run, projects. But we, the tax payers, are liable and have to pay for the poor performance.

ChillinGrillin Jan 25, 2020 01:52 PM
Peabody Stadium Nears Completion

The school district should be ashamed that they are more than $10 million over budget on a stadium when one of their elementary schools has a 10% average math proficiency rate and their food program is in deficit. There are students two grade levels behind in core subjects but the school board could care less, building monuments to their own stupidity.

auto Jan 25, 2020 03:30 PM
Peabody Stadium Nears Completion

Doesn't look big enough for soccer.

Head injuries will make high school football uninsurable soon.

White Elephant?

a-1580053907 Jan 26, 2020 07:51 AM
Peabody Stadium Nears Completion

In their press release they fail to mention that this new stadium actually seats 2,300, when the previous one seated 2,800--it's going to be very interesting on graduation when they start stacking the folding chairs, and then eventually come back to the community to add more "plaza" seating. At what additional cost?
Did they ever even consider a long-term agreement with City College to use that fine stadium instead of having to squeeze this one in at the worst possible spot for a stadium? And has anyone taken a look at the antiquated baseball facility on that same campus, with its horrible fencing, ancient bleachers, portable toilets and snack bar with a locking system with a metal grate that one day is going to really hurt someone. Parents had to raise the $100,000 in funds for the much-needed batting cages a few years back...but hey, let's allocate millions for a monument to football, with what we know about CTE, is a questionable activity for schools to promote.

a-1580075660 Jan 26, 2020 01:54 PM
Peabody Stadium Nears Completion

How do residents put up with this? Why do people just ignore such monumental waste? Sure, people on Edhat care. They voice their concerns. But then what? Nobody's listening. And it will be the same ol' as it moves from the current group to the next board of wannabes. Everyone just blaming it on the last. Look, this stuff is obvious. Stop wasting money. Don't even get me started on the layers of incompetence that staffs half the city.

Zenyatta19 Jan 26, 2020 02:24 PM
Peabody Stadium Nears Completion

The neighbors must be thrilled they get to listen to construction six days a week now...

greg Jan 27, 2020 09:08 AM
Peabody Stadium Nears Completion

Just wondering what the library / media center at SBHS looks like in comparison. How much investment has been put there?

PitMix Jan 27, 2020 01:25 PM
Peabody Stadium Nears Completion

Original Timeline. JULY 2017 Project Contract Award. AUGUST 2017 Groundbreaking. APRIL 2019 Estimated Final Completion..........Only one year late. And probably way over budget. Too bad these press releases are not factually accurate.

ericm2031 Jan 27, 2020 09:31 PM
Peabody Stadium Nears Completion

Maybe they should have spent their money teaching some posters on here that school districts have nothing to do with the homeless and crime problems. They can enjoy the new stadium while learning simple government.

sbdude Jan 28, 2020 06:42 AM
Peabody Stadium Nears Completion

To the best of my memory, a SBUSD construction project has never come in on time and/or within budget. They always overrun by a lot. Those are our tax dollars at work. Meanwhile, a teacher friend of mine says the district is in the red by millions of dollars and cutbacks are on the horizon.

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