Will S’ville stadium be ready?

Austen Thibault, The Union Democrat /

Summerville High School is facing a very tight timeline on getting its $3.9 million football stadium project complete in time for the football season, including homecoming.

To finish it in time will hinge in large part on state approval of the redesigned concrete bleachers, and also on a tight bidding and construction schedule.

The district originally hoped to have the project under construction this spring, and ready for fall's football opener.

However, the board opted to pull an aluminum bleacher design in an effort to avoid engineering problems with the footings and to save $200,000. The district instead decided to go with a concrete bleachers, so had to resubmit plans to the state architect for approval.

The $3.9 million project is the first with the district's $8 million Measure H passed in 2012.

Mark Damrel, of BCA Architects, said the first of three rounds of comments for the bleachers have come back from the state with very minimal fixes and he expects the whole project will be approved by July, or August as a worstcase scenario.

Then the district's architects should take a week to make the suggested changes before construction bids are accepted.

A representative of Robert E. Boyer Construction said estimates on how long the work will take range from 45 to 70 days.

That could push the work into the football season.

The district has made contingency plans to host some of its home football games at other schools, including the Oct. 3homecoming game.

Meanwhile, Sonora High is also awaiting state approval on football field renovation, so its teams may play many or all of their games away.

For the full story, see the June 26, 2014, edition of The Union Democrat.

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