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Syd Thrift Athletic Complex: ‘Making it durable to last the long haul’

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An artist’s rendering of the baseball field at the Syd Thrift Athletic Complex at Middlesex High School. (Engineering services by Bay Design)

by Larry Chowning

The new Syd Thrift Athletic Complex will be a modern structure to promote a strong athletic program at Middlesex High School.

“We are talking about a first-class facility,” said Johnny Fleet, the project liaison between the Middlesex County Board of Supervisors and the county school board. “This project was well thought out and we’ve spent a lot of time trying to plan it to make it all practical. The main thing is we are going to make it durable to last the long haul. It will be made out of materials and specifications that will last.”

The architectural renderings show that the baseball and softball fields will have home and visitor dugouts made of brickwork about two thirds up the front, sides and back. There will be a slanted roof with a portion of the dugout enclosed with a door to access a storage area.

A hipped-roof scorer building will be located behind the backstop and will be bricked about a quarter of the way up and raised so the scorer can see the entire field. The area around the scorer stand will be gated so spectators cannot access it. 

School superintendent Dr. Thomas Taylor announced at the Middlesex School Board meeting Monday that the recent rainy weather has slowed construction work at the complex. However, he added that work is still on schedule. “We were ahead of schedule before this weather hit,” he said.

Read the rest of this story in this week’s Southside Sentinel at newstands throughout the county, or sign up here to receive a print and/or electronic pdf subscription.

posted 10.16.2013

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