The California State University Board of Trustees on Tuesday approved a $7.9 million development agreement between Taylor Woodrow Construction Ltd., Cal State Fullerton and the City of Fullerton, to build the Titan Sports Complex.
The trustees' action came at a time when Taylor Woodrow is involved in a lawsuit against Orange County and embroiled in controversy surrounding its work at John Wayne Airport.
The approval lifts the final barrier for construction of the Titan Sports Complex, which is scheduled to begin Sept. 24 and be completed in early 1992.
On July 18, the Fullerton City Council approved the university's choice of Taylor Woodrow because the contracting company was the project's lowest bidder, met the qualifications required by the California State University system and is involved with successful construction projects at Cal State campuses in Long Beach and San Bernardino.
Since last year, Taylor Woodrow has been under attack by county officials for alleged cost delays in its construction of the John Wayne Airport terminal. In May, the construction company sued the county, alleging breach of contract after it was stripped of the $25 million road and parking garage contract at the airport. The construction company is seeking $7.2 million in damages.
Cal State Fullerton had hoped to build the complex for $6 million. But of the three bids submitted in June, Taylor Woodrow was the lowest at $7.9 million. The entire project, which is a university and city venture, is expected to cost $10.2 million.
According to Fullerton city officials, the city will put up the $10.2 million for the project, of which $4.7 million will be paid back by the university through annual revenues based on its share of the Marriott Hotel.
Plans call for a 10,000-seat stadium for football and soccer, a 1,500-seat baseball stadium, a running track, 12 tennis courts and various service buildings.