WORTHINGTON — Minnesota West Community and Technical College and Independent School District 518 have announced a new partnership agreement related to the usage of Trojan Field, which is in the process of receiving a near-total renovation.

According to a recently issued press release, Minnesota West will contribute $250,000 toward the field renovation project, which will cover a 20-year lease to host Minnesota West football and men's and women’s soccer competitions. The field will include both Trojan and Bluejay branding.

“I really feel that this is a win-win for the school district and Minnesota West,” Minnesota West Men’s Athletic Director Robert Purcell said of the ongoing partnership. “When we work together, good things happen.”

Independent School District 518 Superintendent John Landgaard said the district is excited to continue building a “thriving” and “mutually beneficial” relationship with the college to provide excellent facilities for both District 518 and Minnesota West students.

Landgaard reported to Tuesday’s Board of Education Operations Committee that the college’s contribution will be portioned for payments at the beginning, middle and conclusion of construction.

In addition to the contribution, the college will pay a per-game fee for custodial services provided by District 518 staff. That fee will be negotiated annually.

Construction is slated to be finalized by Sept. 1, 2020. Although reportedly not standard practice, Landgaard said he’s pushing for a defined penalty to kick in after Oct. 1 if construction is not finished. District officials have voiced frustration about construction delays with the new Learning Center/Gymnastics facility, which reportedly included no penalty clause in the contract.

Bidding for the renovation project has opened, with bids due by Dec. 3.

Landgaard reported that the estimated reconstruction cost of Trojan Field is “substantially higher” than what the original estimate completed two years ago had tallied. That’s due in part to having not accounted for field house replacement in the initial design estimates, he added.

Renovation is now estimated to cost $6.1 million. The school board approved a $4 million contribution from the district’s general fund and $1.2 million from long-term facility maintenance. The remainder of the project, Landgaard said, may be funded by donations or collaborative partners like Minnesota West.

“It’s a one time-shot to get it done correctly, Landgaard said. “Not to make it a Taj Mahal-type facility, but a good facility long term.”

The last major upgrade was in 2004 when new restrooms were completed. Prior to that, the track was redone in 1992.

When finished, Trojan Field will have a new stadium and athletic field with artificial turf, new nine-lane track, new bleachers, new scoreboard, a playback clock, concession area and a total remodel of the existing field house. The facility will also become ADA-compliant.

High School Addition

The second-story addition to the high school is soon ready to be let for bids and is on budget, Landgaard reported to Tuesday’s operations committee members. The project is budgeted at $4 million.

If all goes as planned, a construction crew will mobilize at the end of May, with the primary structure enclosed by the beginning of the 2020 fall semester. Final completion and student occupancy is slated for the second quarter of the 2020-2021 school year.