Construction on the Greater Saint John Field House is now underway.
Excavation and work on the site’s foundation began earlier this week, while a sod-turning took place with local officials on Tuesday.
Once completed, the facility is expected to feature two indoor turf fields, a 200-metre indoor track, fitness rooms, multi-purpose areas, community spaces and outdoor trails.
Bill MacMackin, president of the Greater Saint John Field House project, said it’s expected to take 12 weeks to prepare the building’s foundation and complete work on a big pond for storm water drainage.
In the meantime, building plans are expected to be complete within the next few days, and it’s hoped tenders for building work can go out in March.
After that, the steel frame is set to go up in July, and construction should be finished by the end of 2018, or early 2019.
Though completion of the project is still close to a year away, MacMackin said his group has already secured a couple track and field competitions for the new facility.