Bleachers going up as construction progresses

Jul 2, 2014

Stadium bleachersConstruction crews are closing in on completion of some major pieces of the new Hoernemann Stadium and The Fox Den Alumni Center as time draws closer for the Student Princes’ home opener Sept. 6.

According to Rod Morrison, associate vice president of facilities and engineering, all of the excavation and foundation work is complete, as is most of the masonry in terms of the block walls.

As of June 30, bleacher insulation has commenced and the lower section of the bleachers is about 80 percent installed. “That’s the really good news,” Morrison said.

With a significant amount of stonework to be laid, much of the remaining work depends on the completion of masonry. The two sets of stairs are in fabrication; they should start to go up at the end of July. “Once the bleachers are completely installed, the crews can begin to finish the foundation and ramp at the southwest side of the stadium. The final step will be construction of the plaza area, which will be visible from Greenfield Street.

“While a lot of progress is being made, there’s still a great deal of work to be done,” Morrison said. “The crews are working as hard and as efficiently as possible.”

The Snavely Group (general contractor), The Design Collaborative (designers) and the university are working closely together to balance schedules to meet the Sept. 6 goal to have the stadium portion ready for the first home game, he said.