DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — Truth be told, groundbreaking for the new Jim Robinson Field House on the campus of Foxcroft Academy took place more than a week ago.

But Monday afternoon’s ceremony acknowledging the start of construction of the $5.5 million project — backed at times by a soundtrack of heavy equipment continuing to move earth from a former soccer field just beyond the school’s football stadium — marked a turning point for a project years in the making.

When completed by the summer of 2022, the 81,000-square-foot structure will house an artificial turf field large enough to host field hockey contests and other activities for Foxcroft student-athletes and community members throughout the area.