CLEARWATER – A decade ago, the city of Clearwater, Pinellas County, the state of Florida and the Philadelphia Phillies teamed up to build the $28 million baseball stadium at 601 Old Coachman Road that is now called Bright House Stadium.
“For the past ten years, the stadium has been used by the Phillies for their annual spring training and for the home of the Florida State League Clearwater Threshers,” a recent staff memo to the Clearwater City Council explained. “In addition, the stadium has hosted the Big East Baseball Championships, numerous high school graduations and special events and activities.
“During this time, the city has provided the necessary maintenance to keep the stadium in first-class condition, including periodic repairs and patching of the caulking and waterproofing systems in the stadium.”
But the original caulking has reached the end of its useful life and needs to be removed and replaced, and some concrete repairs are also needed. City staffers have recommended that the job be done in two phases.
Phase I will address all of the sealant and expansion joints in the seating bowl. Phase II will address the suite area and office area on the second floor, as well as all other joints in the stadium.
The city hired Construction Moisture Consulting, Inc., to provide specifications, solicit bids and oversee the project. That company suggested that instead of putting the phases out for bids one at a time, both phases should be put out for bids at the same time, although the actual work would be done in two phases.
On August 8, 2013, the city’s Resource Committee recommended setting aside $210,000 for the first phase of the project. But that figure had to be increased when the lowest bid came in at $219,339, plus a 10 percent contingency reserve of $21,933.
On Oct 3, the Clearwater City Council unanimously approved the expenditure of $241,272 from the city’s general fund to have Oldsmar-based Complete Property Services, Inc. complete Phase I of the project. The work is expected to take 120 days and be finished in time for spring training 2014.