SISD Superintendent Matt Underwood said he is pleased with what he saw when architects presented their schematic drawings and artist renderings for the Stephenville High School renovation project to the school board, but has doubts about the completion timeline.
Three representatives from the Fort Worth-based architect firm, Huckabee Inc., spoke to trustees at Monday’s meeting and answered a multitude of questions while showing a slide presentation that included the detailed schematic views as well as the artist renderings for changes to be made to the outside of the building.
The outside of the building will have limestone accents added in places.
The major additions to be made will be a new ag department building, a new performing arts center, auditorium and band marching area. The project also will include a new gymnasium, to be constructed in front (on the north side) of the Green Room.
The location of the new gym may cause some changes in the school’s main parking lot on that side, but Underwood said, “At the end of the day, we’ll have more parking spaces.”
Huckabee representative Daren Kirbo told trustees that the projected completion date is Oct. 2020, but Underwood later expressed doubts about that.
“I’m finding it hard to believe that substantial completion will be obtained by October 2020,” Underwood said Wednesday. “I feel the project will probably be completed by June 2021. I can’t see that much construction in phases being done that quickly.”
“I think the footprint and the scope of their work is consistent with what the voters were informed (of) in the 2018 bond election,” Underwood said. “I do think it’s a facility, once complete, the community can be proud of.”
Another addition that was part of the approved bond was the construction of a softball field on the high school campus. The Honeybees currently play their home games at the Stephenville City Park, several miles away from the high school on the other end of town off the South Loop.
“We’re ready to get moving,” Underwood added. “We hope to get started on the softball field within the next two weeks.”
One potential issue that will have to be addressed involves how to deal with water drainage issues. Underwood said that a civil engineer will consult with the city of Stephenville to iron out the best solution.