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GREENSBORO - Smith High School 's stadium renovations remain on track for the Golden Eagles' Aug. 18 football opener.
"We're really close," said Chad Volk, project manager for Raleigh-based Davis Kane Architects. "We're about a week out from being wrapped up on this one for the work outside at the stadium."
A field house is being built at Claude Manzi Stadium to house locker rooms, concessions, coaches' offices and a ticket window. Also part of the new construction is a press box atop the home grandstand, with a training room and offices being built under the grandstand.
At a meeting Wednesday of the school's building advisory team, Volk said the new field house and the press box project would be ready for final inspections July 28. A certificate of occupancy should then be issued, allowing the school to take over both buildings July 31.
The field at the stadium should be ready for play Aug. 15, three days before the Golden Eagles are scheduled to play their football opener against Northwest Guilford.
Smith played its entire 2016 schedule on the road because of site preparation and demolition work at the stadium.
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.
The project's total budget is $7.7 million, of which $4.7 million is construction and renovation work by Kern.
Contact Joe Sirera at 336-373-7034, and follow @JoeSireraNR on Twitter.
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