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Coliseum Construction Update

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RAPIDES PARISH, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - One year after Rapides Parish residents voted to renovate the Coliseum, and the dated building remains untouched. News Channel 5 checked in with the police jury to find out when construction begins.

"We had a couple bumps in the road," said Police Jury President Joe Bishop. "Eventually we got over that. We're moving forward."

After firing the architecture firm initially hired to renovate the Rapides Parish Coliseum back in August, Bishop says the project is finally on track with runner-up Alliance Design Group.

"So everything is on time," Bishop said.

"On time" means the lowest-bidding contractor will be chosen around March, and construction will begin in late spring.

Because Barron, Heinberg and Brocato was dismissed for going over budget, Bill Tudor of Alliance says staying on budget is a priority for his firm.

"We're very confident," Tudor said. "We are completely committed to it. We will make it happen."

"We were disappointed that it wasn't initially selected," said Tudor of his design. "But felt very lucky to have that second chance to come back and prove it out."

Renovations will include about 4,000 more seats, sky boxes, updated lighting and sound systems, paved and expanded parking—plus:

"We are actually wrapping the whole Coliseum in new construction," Tudor said. "So from the outside, you will see a completely new building look."

And until then we wait. Joe Bishop only asks that we wait patiently.

"Give us time," Bishop said. "Construction takes a little time. But we're definitely moving right along."

Alliance architects say once construction begins, they estimate about 12 to 14 months to complete the renovations. 

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