AUBURN, Mass. – It’s been a long time coming, but a press box is finally going up at Auburn High School.
Mid-State Welding installed the steel frame last week, and the town’s Department of Public Works started “banging nails” Monday, according to Cable Committee member Joe Hamel.
“The facilities department is literally putting the press box together,” Hamel said. “They’re cutting the decking, and it’s getting closer and closer. It should take them a couple weeks.”
The 8-by-24-foot enclosure, with wings on either side for camera platforms and a wheelchair lift, will be ready for televising live games on the local cable channel in the spring and football next fall.
“We’re thrilled to finally hear nails banging and progress being made,” said Superintendent of Schools Maryellen Brunelle. “And we have Bay Path students working with the DPW, which is great. We have a great plan in place, and we’re looking forward to the finished product.”
The press box was initially supposed to be built by Bay Path High School students in the fall of 2011. But that plan fell through, and the Cable Committee then opened the bidding to contractors.
No bids were received in June, the sole July bid was rejected and all four August bids were overbudget. Hamel said the cost of those bids was “not going to work very well.” The lowest was $138,000 from Quality Contracting Inc., significantly more than the $55,000 budgeted.
“It’s taken the Cable Committee 2 ½ years, but it’s finally getting done,” Hamel said. “It will be a three- or four-camera shoot, very professional quality.”