LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge on schedule for September opening

Feb. 16, 2013 @ 10:26 AM

LeConte Center, the city's $45 million events facility, is on track to open in September.

"We're in good shape," Wes Crow of Merit Construction told members of the Industrial Development Board this week. "The weather's hurt us some outside this year."

Inside the building, workers are "sheet rocking, painting sheet rock, hanging ceiling grid, putting in wood ceilings and doing timber work," architect Mike Smelcer told the board. "It's progressing well."

The interior is enclosed except for a few doors.

Many of the building's bathrooms are complete, with tiled walls and floors, Smelcer said.

"They're boarded up to keep people from going in there," he added.

Work remains on the planning of the building's signs, Smelcer said. In the project's allowance tracking log is $175,000 for signs.

At the meeting, the board approved $51,254 in new costs to be deducted from a contingency fund. The expenditures are for rails at the dock ramp, landscaping, lighting and support framing.

The original amount of the contingency fund was $750,000. After the new charges, and several dozen others from the past few months, $369,463 remains.

The board also approved $12,438 for chain link fencing and gates. The fencing is on the allowance tracking log.

kburns@themountainpress.com