West Brook field house will not be ready before football season

It now appears the field house at West Brook High School will not be completed until after the regular football season.

Work on the field house is at a standstill, even after the district assigned the project to Morganti Texas Incorporated after a lawsuit over contracting bids left the team finding new ways to make due without a field house.

Nearly 50 football players pack into a small weight room above the West Brook gym, which Senior Joshua Stump says is not an easy task.

"Everything is like you know, just like, squished together. There's not much space and you know, it just makes it a little harder to come up here everyday and work hard," says Stump.

The team is making due with close quarters, after a federal judge issued a stay in the construction because of a dispute over the bid process.

But coaches are concerned with the crowded conditions.

"We've had people that have walked in a life or something and got hit in the head or something. A weight that's dropped on their head," says West Brook Assistant Head Coach Al Celaya.

Even though upcoming seniors were looking forward to a new field house, they were told they would be in it by September.

"To know I'm going into my senior year and probably won't have a field house that really, really horrible, but I mean, we're just going to make it what we can," says senior Colby Hatcher.

Morganti Inc. expects to finish late November or December, but the regular season ends November 5th.

Until then, the team is planning on using portable field houses.

Houston contractor H.R.E. was the original contractor, but after L and L General Contractors filed suit against BISD for choosing bid number four, the site was closed in May.


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