Progress for New Outdoor Athletic Complex Rests on Firm Foundation

As a scorching summer hands the baton off to the rainy days of an Oregon fall, Corban’s new Outdoor Athletic Complex is beginning to take physical shape. The groundwork, drainage installation, and surface grading have all been completed, with the location now handling the heavy rain like it never has before.

Track curbs have been installed and the pavement foundation for the new track surface is set and cured. Field turf is scheduled to be installed in mid-November, but the installation of the actual track surface will be postponed until the Spring, when an extended stretch of necessary dry weather and warm temperatures are more feasible. “There are very tight constraints on allowable temperatures and moisture conditions in order to apply track surfacing,” says Director of Campus Facilities and Operations, Troy Croff. “Waiting until the Spring will allow that we are able to ensure effective installation without risking future structural issues.”

In spite of the weather, and added challenges exacerbated by COVID, construction remains on schedule. “Supply chain issues have caused a few delays in the project, as well as some rain at times, but K&E Excavation has done a remarkable job of keeping the project moving forward,” says Vice President for Advancement, Shannon Johnson. “They continue to go above and beyond to be an excellent partner for Corban, and we are so thankful that we are working with them as our General Contractor on this project.”

With K&E’s guidance, the project remains on schedule, with donor support gaining major traction in recent months. “Since August 2021, donors have made gifts and commitments of $295,000 to the Outdoor Athletic Complex,” Johnson says. “Each gift brings us closer to fully funding this critical project through donor support. With only $1.4 million left to finish funding the Track and Field phase of the Outdoor Athletic Complex, we are urging our alumni, donors, and friends of Corban to get involved and help us reach the finish line.”