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Austin Prep begins $3.7M Stadium Project

Jan 17, 2015 08:00AM ● By Kieran Gilman

(Editor's Note: The following information was submitted by the administrators of Austin Preparatory School.)

READING – The Board of Trustees of Austin Preparatory School is pleased to announce a $3.7 million renovation to the school’s stadium.

“On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I would like to say how excited we are with the commencement of this stadium project,” said Anthony J. Pimentel, chairman of the Board of Trustees. “This represents a dramatic improvement to not only the school campus and athletic facilities, but also the student life experience at our school.”

The project includes installation of synthetic turf on Fr. Seymour Field, permanent lighting, a 400-meter track and accompanying infrastructure (shot put, discus, pole vault, high jump, long jump and triple jump), and replacing the original bleachers, which will now seat 1,100. The plans also call for grading the existing slope, creating green space and room for a new concession stand building, equipped with permanent restroom facilities. For the first time, there will be a fence surrounding the stadium.

“This is an exciting time for Austin Prep as we invest in our future,” said Headmaster James Hickey. “This project follows a renovation of our academic space last summer.”

As a responsible and good neighbor in Reading, Austin Prep worked with the Conservation Commission to ensure the project protected the surrounding wetlands. The plans include 3,325 square feet of wetlands replication of indigenous species that abuts the stadium.

Pimentel said the Town of Reading was very helpful during the permit application process and the board is pleased the project was approved.

The field and track are used for multiple sports, including football, soccer, outdoor track and field and lacrosse. The capital construction project represents a significant and vital upgrade to Austin Prep’s athletic facilities.  

The contractor is Austin Prep alumnus David Quirk, class of 1984, owner of Quirk Construction Corp. in Georgetown, which specializes in construction of athletic complexes at both the high school and college levels. Quirk Construction has completed track and field projects throughout New England.

The project is expected to be completed during the summer.

“We all look forward to the completion and use by all our students,” Pimentel said.
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