As I'm sure you are aware, much activity has begun in and around Kelley Park with heavy duty earth movers, trucks, and other assorted equipment moving in. Construction of the McCook Community College Events Center began on June 4, and we anticipate completion mid-summer of 2012.
Safety is first and foremost our highest priority. So during the construction period, the College and Straub Construction (our general contractor) have implemented several ways to ensure a safe environment for all.
Perimeter Construction Site Fence
We have set up a perimeter fence that will force closure of the entrance to Kelley Park and to the children's playground. We anticipate that the entrance will be closed for the duration of the project. The fence will also serve as security between the construction site and the playground.
Access to Playground
The playground is still accessible from the street and will continue to provide a safe, secure and fun area for our children. Once construction is completed, users will have access to the playground via the bike trail which will be extended along the west edge of the Events Center property to M Street or via the west and east entrances to the Events Center leading to the parking area immediately south of the playground.
To increase parking in the area, we're adding new diagonal parking along M Street, beginning west of the shelter and extending to the pool parking lot. Additional diagonal parking will be added to the north side of L Street, beginning at 3rd Street and extending to the sidewalk between Von Riesen Hall and Barnett Hall.
Construction Working Hours
We anticipate Straub Construction will be working daylight hours Monday through Saturday to ensure the outside of the Events Center structure is "sealed" prior to winter. Hopefully, sound, and construction noise will be minimal but we apologize if and when it is not.
Dust, Dirt and Debris
We are required by the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality to keep dust, dirt, and debris to a satisfactory level. Please contact us if there are questions or concerns.
At times, both M and L streets between June 20th and September 1st may need to be blocked-off for short periods of time. We encourage McCook residents living north of M Street to consider alternate routes when possible. We will provide as much advanced notice as we can. There will be times during the construction when it will be necessary to block off other areas around the College as the project develops. Those instances will usually be temporary and residents will be notified as soon as we know about the closures.
Currently the City of McCook is routing the construction traffic from B Street, north on East 11th Street to H Street; then west to 3rd Street, and north into the construction site. An additional route for construction traffic from Hwy 83 is J Street east to East 3rd Street; then North into the construction site.
Watch Us Grow
The College has set up a webcam which will feed 24 hour live video of the construction site. You may access the webcam by clicking on the College website at www.mpcc.edu and clicking on the Watch Us Grow button on the bottom left side of the page. I hope that you will take advantage of the webcam feature and take a moment over time to watch the building grow.
The next 11-13 months will be exciting times for McCook Community College and the City of McCook. Please be patient with us during the construction of the Events Center, and look forward with us to the grand opening in 2012.
Richard C. Tubbs, Ph.D