GILMER â€” The $1.8 million renovation of Buckeye Stadium is â€śstill on trackâ€ť and construction of the new two-story press box will â€śreally start moving real fast now,â€ť the project manager told the Gilmer ISD board Monday night.
Brent Bishop of WRL General Contractors, Ltd. of Flint, which is construction manager for the renovation, said the overall project should progress sufficiently to use the stadium for high school graduation ceremonies in June.
â€śWeâ€™re pushing real hard to get done as soon as possible,â€ť which will save the school district money since a superintendent wonâ€™t be needed on-site, Bishop told the board.
Plans call for adding more than 1,000 seats to the home side of the 50-year-old stadium. The approximately 50-year-old one-story press box was demolished sometime after the project began in November.
Bishop, a 1994 graduate of Gilmer High, told trustees that workers are now ready for bleacher steel, and that bleachers will be delivered the week of March 18. Installation will require six weeks, and, weather permitting, â€śweâ€™ll be ahead of schedule with the bleachers,â€ť he added.
Bishop, who made a short pictorial presentation to the board, said his firm had also created more access for home-side concession stand customers to obtain food.
Thacker/Davis Architects, Inc. of Longview is architect for the project. School superintendent Rick Albritton has said the renovation was needed partly because concrete put in place when the stadium was built in 1962 is deteriorating.