Major Stadium Bid Phase Complete

The University has completed a major phase of bidding on the Bryant-Denny Stadium expansion, and the structure is expected to begin rising out of the ground outside the North end zone in the coming weeks, Director of Capital Projects Thad Turnipseed said Monday.

Bids for the project were received on March 29.

B.L. Harbert International of Birmingham received the $14.6 million dollar bid for the structure package. Turnipseed said the progress of the structure will be noticeable in possibly as little as four weeks.

"Columns should be seen by the start of the football season and pre-cast for the club seats should be in by the end of the season," he said.

Plans for a canopy over the seating in the north end zone were dropped after the bid for that part of the project was $300,000 over budget. Turnipseed said that budget concerns weren't the only reason for the decision not to have the canopy.

"Half of the architects didn't want it to begin with. It wasn't just difference in the amount. Davis Architects recommended against the canopy," he said.

"Everything else is still a go. Everything else is still the same, within budget," he said.

About 40 per cent of the stadium project will be bid out at a later date, including electrical and mechanical as well as finishes such as carpet, paint and dry wall.

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