2019.08.05.EMG.KMH.Hayward-2

Construction on Hayward Field continues.

This story was updated in the afternoon on Friday Sept. 27 to include comments from the University of Oregon.

Residents near Hayward Field may be bothered by more construction noise during evenings and nights as the rebuilding project continues on its “tight schedule.” The construction company overseeing the project applied for a noise variance this week which would, if approved, allow the company to circumvent the City of Eugene’s noise rules.

The variance would allow the company to run a generator and some specialized drills from 7 p.m. to midnight on weekdays, according to the construction company’s application for the noise variance and Mike McKerrow, a city land use analyst. If approved, the work would run from Oct. 7 to Jan. 31 of next year.

"According to the project team, the planned work activities are not anticipated to have much of an impact," University of Oregon Spokesperson Kay Jarvis said in an email Friday afternoon. "The university has asked Hoffman to minimize activities after 11 p.m. in accordance with campus quiet hours."

According to the application, the extra shift is needed to complete the project safely, as certain work can’t be done simultaneously due to the “unique characteristics of the building,” such as the curved roof which will cover the stadium’s seats. 

Moreover, the construction team faces a looming completion deadline for the facility to be prepared to host the 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials in June, among other events. 

City officials will decide whether to grant the variance after a public comment period which closes on Oct. 2, according to a mailer sent to about 2,000 addresses in the affected area. 

At least three university residence halls have windows which face the field. There are no plans to notify students living in nearby residence halls of the noise until the variance is approved, Jarvis said.

Representatives from the construction company redirected questions about the proposal to the university.