Laying the foundation: Revamp hits full-tilt as stadium project pushes ahead of schedule

Work on the $8.3 million addition to the Lincoln Park sports complex continues at Lincoln Park. A new pressbox and hospitality area will be added. Included in the construction project will be new stands for the east side of Stocker Stadium, new stands for the first-base line at Suplizio Field, new concession areas and restrooms and new dugouts.The construction project is ahead of schedule and will be ready for the first pitch of the JUCO World Series mid-May of 2012.



The stadium project at Lincoln Park is going vertical.

Since the old pressbox and stands were demolished, much of the work hasn’t been noticeable as you drive past the stadium, but don’t let that fool you.

Workers with FCI Constructors Inc. have been working in an 8-foot-deep hole, laying the foundation to the new structure.

“The first stairwell is going in as we speak, and both stairwells will be in place by the end of the month,” Grand Junction Parks and Recreation Director Rob Schoeber said Thursday. “We’re starting to see things vertical.”

The stairwells and elevator shaft are the first order of business after the foundation, with everything built off those towers.

“From what I gather, the stair towers are the support for everything,” Schoeber said. “Once those go up, you fill in the center pieces. The (pressbox and hospitality) building and the bleachers are an extension of that.”

Football games will be played at Stocker Stadium as scheduled, starting with Colorado Mesa University’s home opener Sept. 1 against Humboldt State.

Large sections of temporary bleachers have been placed behind the south end zone. Schoeber said if more are needed, especially for rivalry games such as Fruita Monument against Grand Junction, the city will bring in as much seating as possible.

“We’re shooting to have the same number as we’ve always accommodated,” he said.

FCI is 45 days into the project and is ahead of schedule, he said, with a target completion date of mid-May.

“With any luck it will be sooner than that,” he said. “We always talk about JUCO (as a target date), but graduations are the primary target. We’re shooting for that.

“Certainly we have other activities in there, and if we can get some baseball in there it would be a benefit. We’re planning on all those things happening, but if we have to play at Canyon View, we’re set up for that.”

The third-base dugout has been expanded, the floor has been poured and the walls will go after that.

Schoeber said people are welcome to check out the progress of the $8.3 million project, as long as they stay on the football side behind the orange barricade. There are spots along the fence at the edge of the track where the green netting has been moved away so people can safely sneak a peek. The city is posting weekly updates of the project on its website, http://www.gjcity.org.

“A lot of people want to look and the only thing we ask is they view it from outside the construction zone,” Schoeber said.

“We’ve had some wander in, and somebody from the crew politely goes out and visits with them. They’re certainly welcome to go on the Stocker side and look.”


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