site of new tennis facility

Photo by Carissa Woytach

The on-going construction at the East 21st Street tennis courts doesn’t show the unexpected difficulties that occurred in the process.


September 14, 2015

Medical Mutual-sponsored dome construction experiences delays

By Becky Raspe

The six tennis courts at Cleveland State University, which sit on the northwest corner of East 21st Street and Chester Avenue, have been undergoing construction since Fall 2014, but progress has been delayed by unexpected construction.

Not only has the time frame undoubtedly changed, but the price of the original renovation has almost doubled.

The project started as a gift from Medical Mutual, which dedicated $1.4 million for the job.

Upon completion of the renovation, Cleveland State will be the only institution in the Horizon League that has an on-campus, indoor-tennis facility for the men’s and women’s teams.

“With Medical Mutual, we have a partner in promoting the health of our university and community,” said Cleveland State President Ronald M. Berkman in a press release. “This generous gift will allow us to provide another avenue for wellness while adding an amenity to downtown Cleveland.”

The new pavilion, which is going to be an all-season and year-round “bubble” dome featuring heat, air, bleachers, signage, lighting, divider curtains, insulation and court resurfacing, originally carried a $1.4 million price tag. The cost has now doubled to
$3 million.

The increase occurred when the planners discovered the entire plot had to be gutted.
In addition, restrooms had to be added and unknown electrical issues arose when underground electrical lines had to be relocated.

Right now, the project appears to be few piles of dirt.

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