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Crews continue construction at athletic facilities

by Anna Campbell | November 5, 2022 at 4:00 a.m.
Eileen Wisniowicz/News Tribune The construction site where the new Jefferson City High School's soccer and baseball fields will be on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022.

Construction continues to progress on Capital City and Jefferson City high schools' athletic facilities, and while some facilities may not be done until early next year, other projects could wrap up at the end of this year.

John Moon, assistant director of facilities for JC Schools, said Jefferson City's facilities could be done by the end of this year.

The Jefferson City High School athletic facility has all of its scoreboards installed and the dugouts and team building at the baseball/softball area are in place. Turf installation at the soccer field should start within the week and as soon as the turf is down, Moon said, the facility will be completed quickly as crews back their way out. Moon estimated the JCHS facilities could be completed by mid-December if weather conditions hold up.

At Capital City High School, crews are still pouring bleachers for the football stadium. The elevator has been installed and the scoreboards should be installed within the week.

The stadium should be completed in early 2023, perhaps January, Moon said. Crews are still waiting on several materials that have been on order for a while, such as HVAC supplies and a transformer.

As long as the stadium is ready in time, it could be an option for a graduation location.

The baseball/softball facility is essentially complete, and games have been held there.

Moon was grateful for the men and women who have contributed to the construction.

"We've been pretty fortunate through this," Moon said. "You hear of all the shortages, lead-time items and stuff, difficulties with construction, and I feel like we've been very fortunate with our contractor community here, the partnerships that we've developed, to make sure that these projects are completed not only well but in a timely manner and sticking roughly to the schedule that we've put out there from the beginning."

However, the timeline has changed since it was first proposed. As costs increased, the construction timeline slowed and some parts of the plan were dropped or downsized.

photo Eileen Wisniowicz/News Tribune The construction site where the new Jefferson City High School's soccer and baseball fields will be on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022.
photo Eileen Wisniowicz/News Tribune The construction site where the new Jefferson City High School's soccer and baseball fields will be on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022.

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