SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Monday was a milestone for the Dignity Health Baseball Clubhouse.
In less than five hours, the 17-year-old structure housing the coaches' offices and showers was torn down by Exbon Development of Garden Grove, Calif., the contractor for the $9.3 million project.
"The state fire marshall approved our final plans for the new Dignity Health Baseball Clubhouse last Monday, allowing us to immediately start the construction process," said Ashley Offermann, Cal Poly's Associate Athletic Director for Development. "Today, we had a major milestone of demolition of the existing clubhouse."
The two-story clubhouse is projected to take 295 days to complete, which would be in time for the 2019 Alumni and Supporter Weekend on April 5-7 when Cal Poly hosts Cal State Fullerton.
"Between the new permanent bleachers and the state-of-the-art clubhouse, this is truly an inspirational project that will help Cal Poly Baseball separate itself on the West Coast," Offermann said in an email to supporters of the project.
Plans call for a two-story, 10,000-square-foot clubhouse complete with a lounge and kitchen, meeting and study space, locker room, training room, offices, and a therapeutic cold plunge pool.
New backstop safety netting and new seating, raising the capacity of Baggett Stadium to 3,138, were installed prior to the start of the 2018 season.
"This project will be transformational for our baseball program and cement our place as not only one of the best baseball programs in the country, but one of the best college baseball venues in the country," Mustang director of athletics Don Oberhelman said as plans were finalized.
"We knew this was a project in keeping with Dignity Health Central Coast's mission of community service and promoting active, healthy lifestyles," added French Hospital Medical Center President & CEO Alan Iftiniuk. "We are proud to support our Mustangs as well as this excellent, top-rated local sports program."
DLR Group, hired as the architect for the project, developed the final construction drawings and worked on the interior design of the facility. DLR is nationally renowned for designing sports venues and recently has completed baseball projects with Texas, Oregon, and LSU.
"It's the sound of progress, the start of a great addition to our facility," said 16-year Mustang head coach Larry Lee. "A lot of time and energy has been spent by a number of people at Cal Poly to make this happen. We are lucky to have a donor base that can make this project possible. We are all looking forward to the day that we are able to move in."
Over 70 donors, 30 of whom committed $100,000 or more, have contributed to the project. Approximately $500,000 in funding still needs to be secured to fully fund the project.
"I'm proud to see the number of supporters who have stepped up to support the Cal Poly baseball program," added Robin Baggett. "Seeing baseball alumni, Cal Poly alumni, local community and parents of student-athletes all step up to make this a reality gives me great pride in the Cal Poly baseball program.
Baggett was a catcher at Cal Poly in the early 1970s and for whom the stadium is named.
"The vision of Baggett Stadium in 1999 was to provide Cal Poly with a premier facility in the NCAA," Baggett said. "After 17 years, it was time to enhance the facility through improving the clubhouse for our recruits, student-athletes and Founder donors to the program, but also enhancing the facility for all fans.
"With this stadium enhancement project, our next stop will be Omaha," said Baggett.
Those wishing to be a part of the project should contact Ashley Offermann, Associate Director of Athletics for Development, at (805) 440-9792 or by email at [email protected].