AUBURN, Mass. – The Auburn High School press box project was pushed back last month, but the construction project got encouraging news Tuesday as contractors showed up for a prebid meeting at the high school.
Showing up at the meeting were two general contractors — Poulin & Sons Construction Inc. of Sterling and Lange Design & Development LLC from Sutton — as well as an electrical contractor, Baystate Electrical Contractors from Sturbridge.
The bid opening will be Wednesday, July 18, at 2 p.m. at 5 West St.
The project was pushed back after there were no bids at the June 25 bid opening. However, school officials now feel optimistic.
“I’m confident that, by marketing this project to vendors, we will receive at least one, if not two, proposals on July 18,” Daniel Deedy, business manager of Auburn Public Schools, said at last month’s school committee meeting.
The project is to build an 8-by-24-foot press box with wings on either side for camera platforms, in addition to a cupola similar to the one on the old high school.
The Cable Committee has budgeted $70,000 for the project, in addition to $26,000 from alumni.
The Cable Committee voted recently to pull its funding if the project was not completed with an occupancy permit for the first football game in September. On Tuesday, Deedy said the completion date on the rebid project is Sept. 5, which is two days before the home opener.
Joe Hamel, a member of the town’s Cable Committee, said it has put a lot of money into the project and “it has to be done.”
“There’s no reason why it should take five years to build an 8-by-24-foot stick frame box,” Hamel said. “So it’s time for it to be done for the first football game of the season. And I think they’ll get it done by then.”