Stadium rehab ahead of schedule
New bleachers will stretch end zone to end zone
KINGMAN - Work on 2,500 new seats replacing the old bleachers is slightly ahead of schedule and should be ready when the Bulldogs give the community its first look at the team under first-year football coach Jamie Nelson at the end of August.
"It's going excellent," said Oz Enderby, director of construction for Kingman Unified School District. "We're exactly where we need to be."
The rehabilitation includes a new press box that will be perched on top of the seats overlooking the field, Enderby said. Though the height of the structure will be somewhat lower than the previous seating arrangement, the new aluminum bleachers will stretch from end zone to end zone at Lee Williams Field on the campus of White Cliffs Middle School.
"Our goal is to have it completed prior to the beginning of the football season," Enderby said.
Enderby said that though there is no other construction happening at the moment with any other athletic facilities, there are plans to do more in the near future.
"We'll be doing some work at KHS for installation of a new lighting system shortly," he said. "The total development for KHS and WCMS should be completed over the next eight to nine months."
Enderby explained that the athletic fields are somewhat independent of the school construction and that the fields are on the high priority list to be completed for the 2009-10 seasons.
The construction department has not only been working on the stadium this summer. Cerbat, Manzanita and Black Mountain schools each have had heating, ventilating and air conditioning mechanical systems replaced.
KHS, Cerbat, Kingman Middle and Black Mountain either had new or partial roofs put in place, and KMS received a new canopy over the main entrance of the school.
"Quite extensive work has been done this summer," Enderby said. "We've done renovation at several of the school sites."
Hualapai Elementary, Black Mountain and KHS have had work done to the parking lots. Palo Christi and KHS received new carpeting and Mount Tipton now has additional classroom space and is in the process off having a new science room implemented for its high school students.
"We've been real busy this summer," Enderby said.