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"It's a pretty aggressive schedule," the architect's project manager says, "but everything fits and as long as the contractor keeps to that schedule we should be fine."
GREENSBORO - Construction work on Smith High's athletics facilities is back on schedule, the architect's project manager says, and the Golden Eagles should be able to play their football opener at home this year.
"We just updated the schedule yesterday," Chad Volk of Raleigh-based Davis Kane Architects said Wednesday during the school's monthly Building Advisory Team meeting. "It's a pretty aggressive schedule, but everything fits and as long as the contractor keeps to that schedule we should be fine."
Greensboro-based H.M. Kern Corp., the project's general contractor, must complete the work by Aug. 16 to avoid a $3,000 per day penalty under the terms of its contract with Guilford County Schools. Smith is scheduled to open its football season at home Aug. 18 against Northwest Guilford after playing its entire schedule on the road in 2016 because of site preparation and demolition work at the stadium.
A field house is being built to house locker rooms, concessions, coaches' offices and a ticket window. The project also includes construction of a new press box atop the home grandstand, with a training room and offices being built under the grandstand. The old press box, which was on the hill behind the visitors bleachers, was demolished after the 2015 season.
The project's total budget is $7.7 million, of which $4.7 million is construction and renovation work by H.M. Kern.
Athletics boosters and other members of the Smith community had expressed concerns about the work at the school, which began with interior renovations that were either not completed on time or to their satisfaction.
Among the issues being addressed while students are not in school during the summer are mismatched tile in locker rooms, a leaking roof over the wrestling room and problems with the HVAC system in the weight room.
All of those projects are scheduled to be completed by Aug. 14.
The field at Claude Manzi Stadium has been resodded, but significant further work must be done on the field before Smith's teams can use it. The football practice field, which is surrounded by the track, has been reseeded but also will need work before the team can use it. Smith has been practicing on the outfield of its nearby softball field while the track is being resurfaced.
Bleachers on the visitors side will be used again in 2017 before being replaced as part of the project.
Contact Joe Sirera at 336-373-7034, and follow @JoeSireraNR on Twitter.
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