RIPON – The entrance to Stouffer Field is shaping up to be one of the best in the area.

Andy Strickland indicated just that at Tuesday’s Ripon Unified school board meeting in his facilities report.

As the Director of Operations for the district, he provided an update on the Ripon High Bathroom/Bleacher Modernization Project.

“It was a busy spring break for my department,” said Strickland.

He and his staff have been working in cooperation with the Ripon Community Athletic Foundation, and alongside CT Brayton & Sons Construction in getting the stadium ready for RHS graduation in May,

“We will have a graduation this year,” said Superintendent Ziggy Robeson, who is anticipating the special outdoor event for the Class of 2021 at the stadium will be as normal as possible with the likelihood of restrictions.amid COVID-19.

Strickland noted that the visitor side bleachers arrived not too long ago and will be installed this week.

“The colors of the new bleachers will match the homeside bleachers,” he said.

Construction on the stadium entrance way featuring the new bathrooms, ticket booths and storage room continues to progress, Strickland said.

“We had eight different trades going on at one time. It was great to see good cooperation among the contractors,” he added.

The color scheme of those new buildings will match that of the high school campus.

In addition, Strickland praised CT Brayton & Sons for doing work that was “going above and beyond” given the tight timelines.

The Escalon-based contractors were awarded the construction service agreement to “not to exceed $1.2 million.”

Concrete work on the walkway leading from the stadium entrance to North Acacia Avenue was recently poured, with trees and lighting also being part of those plans.

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