HUDSON: The proposed Malson Athletic Center at Hudson High School has been redesigned and will go forward as a $2 million project, provided the district can raise some additional private funds.
Business Manager Derek Cluse updated the Board of Education last week about the changes in the plan for the new state-of-the-art facility.
The original plan was outlined in the summer of 2012, and called for a 21,000 square-foot facility to be built in phases at a cost of $3.5 million as funds were raised.
As recently as May 17, the $1 million phase one plan was complete and ready for construction.
However, Cluse said after conferring with sports personnel on the design it was believed "it would work, but was lacking in some areas."
Malson then came forward at a planning meeting last month and asked the project committee what they could do with $2 million, Cluse said.
The original plans, which included 90 junior varsity and varsity lockers; a coaches room and conference room; a shower and locker room for the coaches, were sent back to the designers and the construction company and a new proposal was completed.
The complete facility will now be 9,402 square feet, with options for expansion on both the east and west wings. It now calls for a larger locker room and coaching space in the men's area, which would allow the special teams, offense and defense for football, to break into individual coaching areas.
The training room was also expanded and ice baths and sauna facilities were included. The women's locker room was enlarged, and an equipment room was added where team uniforms can be laundered.
A second level would be built with a community meeting room that could host pre-game functions. It will have windows overlooking the playing field. A Hall of Fame area to recognize athletes and donors is also included in the revised plan, although the central entrance area has been slightly reduced in size.
"We have a decision point," Cluse said. "We have to do some fundraising."
Malson said he would match contributions for the expanded plan up to $500,000. The district would have to raise a half a million in private funds, which, when combined with the additional Malson donation, would get them to the $2 million needed.
Cluse said that construction "probably won't start this summer" because of the need to raise additional funds, however he said that the committee is already reaching out to corporate donors.
The board has approved the revised plan and will be kept apprised by Cluse on the progress of the fundraising.