Board OKs Cougar athletics apparel deal with Adidas

News-DemocratMay 14, 2013 

— The Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees hasauthorized a five-year apparel contract between Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Intercollegiate Athletics and Adidas America, Inc.

The Board also approved the development of plans and cost estimates for development of indoor and outdoor golf facilities on the Edwardsville campus. The Board took action at its regularly scheduled May meeting on the Carbondale campus

Intercollegiate Athletics purchases athletic wearing apparel, footwear, embroidery and athletic equipment for all athletes and staff for team competitions, practices and events. The multi-year contract with the Portland, Ore., firm will cost less than single retail purchases during the same time frame. After the initial five-year agreement, an option exists for five one-year renewals. The cost of the initial five-year contract is approximately $200,000 per year and will be funded by athletic fees.

The total value of the 10-year option agreement is approximately $2 million. The actual cost is dependent on needs based on the number of competitions, practices and events scheduled annually. Bids for the services were received in accordance with University procurement policies.

Plans to enhance facilities for the Cougars' intercollegiate golf programs will look at designs and costs for constructing an indoor practice facility and an outdoor driving range. The preliminary design process will evaluate the feasibility of developing enclosed/covered bays that could be opened on one side toward the driving range. The design also will address putting greens, restrooms and lockers along with outdoor greens, a practice course, a clubhouse and future additions to the clubhouse. An analysis of possible sites and an overall master plan for the facility will be developed, so the project can be accomplished in phases as funding becomes available.

A Qualifications Based Selection (QBS) process will be conducted to select a consultant for the golf project. The consultant will help determine the extent of the work to be done and the estimated cost. Final project and budget approval and award of contracts will require further Board action.

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