Construction remains on schedule in the ongoing update and rebuild of Munson Stadium in Denison, as construction crews near completion of the utilities and groundwork for the $5.6 million project. The stadium reconstruction, and an update to Forest Park, come as the school district prepares to open its new high school later in the year.
Crews are continuing work on water and sewer lines, electrical, and storm drains in the project, which started late last year, said Denison School District Construction Manager Chuck Edwards. Despite losing two days of work in December due to the winter weather, which covered the region in ice, crews were able to catch up and make up the downtime.
“It is all happening underground,” said Edwards, referring to the ongoing construction. “It takes a while before (construction) comes out of the ground.”
Edwards said crews would be on site next week to start work in preparation for the bleachers by laying the foundation and piers. Edwards estimates that the bleacher construction could begin within the next two weeks.
If the project remains on schedule, Edwards said that construction on the new field house, restrooms and concession building could begin within the next 30 days.
The project, along with remaining on schedule, is expected to stay on budget, said Lee McNair, assistant superintendent for business services. Currently, the project is slightly under budget, he said.
Of the $5.6 million needed for the project, McNair said that about $2.5 million has been donated from the community, including two $1 million donations from the Munson Foundation and the Eva Gerard Family. The rest of the funding will be paid using the Denison School District’s fund balance, said McNair.