2018-02-14 / Front Page

Construction on new stadium to begin in March

By SCOTT POWELL
Ledger Staff Writer

Construction on a $4.28 million Blacksburg High stadium will begin once subcontractors are selected by the project director in March.

School trustees approved the final plans for a 3,200-seat stadium in mid-December. Since that time, M.B. Kahn Construction has submitted building plans to the state Office of School Facilities in Columbia for final approval so construction can begin.

“At present time, we plan to begin selecting subcontractors to work on the stadium on March 1,” Jeff Hurd, project director, said. “We are working very closely with (superintendent) Dr. (Quincie) Moore and the Blacksburg High athletic staff on the stadium project.”

School trustees have expressed hope the new stadium will be ready in time for the 2018 football season. Hurd cautioned bad weather could cause construction delays and it’s unlikely the grass field will be planted until June, which won’t leave a lot of time to develop a deep root structure before games are played.

Hurd said district administrators and Blacksburg High athletic officials are working on contingency plans for game locations in the event the stadium is not ready when the season starts.

School trustees will pay for the Blacksburg High stadium from $7.8 million in building program revenues. Other projects include a new Gaffney High weight room, $750,000 for heating and air conditioning school repairs, and $1.5 million to purchase land for future school projects.

Architects are currently designing the Gaffney High weight room project. It will be triple the size of the school’s weight room and will be a similar size to Dorman High’s 7,000-square-foot weight room.

In other news, Gaffney Board of Public Works has installed the transformer to provide permanent power to the new B.D. Lee Elementary. Painting is underway inside the building.

The current B.D. Lee Elementary will be demolished this summer to make way for parking and playground areas on the new school site.

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