Texas A&M University’s plan to spend $450 million remodeling its football stadium and increasing its capacity to 102,500 people has captured the attention of Greater Waco-based contractors, some of whom say they may submit offers on portions of the work that is projected to last through 2015.
Local companies said they expect to face stiff competition because the project is being advertised for bidding nationwide. But some already send crews hundreds of miles outside Waco and think they have what it takes to help make Kyle Field the largest stadium in the Southeastern Conference.
“Yeah, we probably will get involved,” said Bill Johnson, owner of Johnson Roofing. “Anything of any size within 100 miles, we bid it.”
Johnson has crews assigned to the new $250 million Baylor Stadium going up on Lake Brazos. He also won a contract to work on the new $50 million football stadium and student union complex for the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, he said in an interview Thursday.
“Our niche has become stadiums and courthouses,” Johnson said.
A project underway at the Hopkins County Courthouse in Sulphur Springs is the firm’s 11th, he said.
Johnson employs between 200 and 300 people at any given time, and installs metal siding as well as roofs.
Two Houston-based companies — Vaughn Construction and Manhattan Construction — jointly serve as general contractor for the Kyle Field redevelopment.
“I imagine that most of the subcontractors will be from Texas, but we expect national interest,” said Matt Hammer, a spokesman for Vaughn-Manhattan.
Bid packages are available for viewing at the local Associated General Contractors of America office, 4500 W. Waco Drive.
Deadline for submitting the first round of bids is 2 p.m. Aug. 31, according to the AGC newsletter.
“I do have interest, but I have not made a final decision,” said James Trayler, owner of Quality Brickworks, whose résumé includes masonry work on University High and Midway High schools, the new Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center and school projects in Whitney and the Connally Independent School District.
Trayler said from what he knows about the Kyle Field project, he thinks masonry would play a significant role in the renovation.
“College Station is not that far away and I do have tie-ins with a lot of contractors,” Trayler said.
Trayler said he has a labor pool of 200 people he can assign to projects within a 100-mile radius of Waco. He said he secured a contract related to the construction of Baylor Stadium and has 24 employees working there.
Waco-based Capstone Mechanical, which installs plumbing, piping and HVAC systems, is teaming with Dallas-based TDIndustries on a $20 million contract at Baylor Stadium.
Capstone president Rick Tullis said he will not pursue work on Kyle Field, “though we do bid some stuff in College Station.”
Tullis said he appreciated Baylor’s setting of a goal to involve area subcontractors and material suppliers in 70 percent of its stadium venture.
“That’s tough when labor and expertise are not always readily available, but I think they have been spot on in trying to make that happen,” Tullis said.
Tullis said he also has been involved in converting the old General Tire building to the Baylor Research and Innovation Collaborative and construction of Baylor’s East Village residential community.
Nick Joos, senior associate athletic director at Baylor, said he did not have a complete list of local subcontractors involved in building Baylor Stadium. He identified the major players as Johnson Roofing, Capstone Mechanical, Quality Brickworks, Leland Collier Electric, NEI Datacom, H&B Contractors and Fitzgerald Lawnscaper LTD.
“Some subs have joined with others to form a team, and there will be others to come aboard as work unfolds,” Joos said.
Shayne McFall, manager of NEI Datacom in Waco, said he is installing fiber connectivity for the computers and security cameras at the new Baylor Stadium.
Asked if he will pursue involvement in the Kyle Field renovation, he said, “Probably not. I stay busy with local work.”
He said companies wanting a piece of that action “will face a blood bath because Bryan-College Station is so near to Houston.”
Major local subcontractors working on $250 million Baylor Stadium
- Capstone Mechanical
- Quality Brickworks
- Leland Collier Electric
- NEI Datacom
- H&B Contractors
- Fitzgerald Lawnscaper LTD
Source: Baylor University