Board approves Pfitzner repairs
© Virginia News GroupThe rust and dust should disappear from the grandstand at G. Richard Pfitzner Stadium before the Potomac Nationals take the field next season.
“The stadium grandstand condition was very visible (rusting) and we heard comments from the Potomac Nationals staff as well as our own staff,” said Prince William County Department of Parks and Recreation Director Debbie Andrew.
On July 12, Prince William Board of County Supervisors approved funding to finish repairing and restoring the grandstand. The board approved $249,570.79 to Centennial Contractors Enterprises, Inc. to finish the county owned stadium repairs.
The stadium which opened in the 1980s was renamed the G. Richard Pfitzner Stadium before the start of the 1995 season “in honor of Prince William County Board of Supervisors member G. Richard Pfitzner. As a county supervisor, Pfitzner led the charge to bring the Alexandria Dukes to Prince William County,” according to the stadium’s history on the Potomac Nationals webpage.
Over the years, the grandstand began deteriorating and these repairs were noted during a 2014 structural survey by the consulting firm, WDP and Associates.
“The Potomac Nationals have not been involved in the contract on the seating repair as the P-Nats lease the stadium from PWC,” said Mike Weisman, the Potomac Nationals' broadcasting and media relations manager.
“We had a structural analysis done of the structure which identified the needed repairs and based our repairs on those recommendations. We would only bring outside consultants in to look for areas of upkeep if the structure is quite old, if there are visible signs of wear, or if there was other evidence that that an experts opinion is needed. We do have a safety inspection of the facility each year, along with a Fire Marshall inspection annually,” Andrew said.
The firm found corrosion on the steel beams, columns, raker beams, tie-rods and decking, as well as damage on the underside of the bottom beam flanges on the third base side of the stands.
Following the survey, consultants from the firm drew construction drawings and specifications for the repair which went out for bid in January 2016, then again in February 2016.
Only one bid was received and it was higher than the engineer’s estimate. As part of a cooperative procurement under an authorized Fairfax County contract, the Prince William County Purchasing Office awarded $89,208.20 to Centennial to repair the most corroded areas.
Those areas were fully repaired in June.
“Centennial is pleased to be working with the Prince William County Parks and Recreation Department on this project. The repairs are going well. So far Centennial has not experienced any problems with construction, and Centennial expects to be complete with its work ahead of the scheduled completion date,” said Thomas W. Julian Jr., the corporate counsel and risk manager for Centennial Contractors Enterprises, Inc.
Because the most recent sum of money was approved during the July 12 meeting, Centennial will be able to start the final construction once the P-Nats season ends in September.
The work will take an estimated 120 calendar days to complete.