FARMINGTON >> It took extra man hours, but the fieldhouse at Hutchison Stadium is ready for Friday's rivalry football game between Farmington and Piedra Vista high schools.

On Thursday morning, Uselman Construction workers applied finishing touches to the $2.2 million building, allowing both teams to use the facility before it is fully completed in the coming weeks.

Workers pulled protective plastic wrap off doors and coated door frames with their final coats of paint -- dark blue for Piedra Vista's side and green for Farmington's.

An ice machine sat partially assembled in a room as workers ensured fixtures in the restrooms and showers were ready to be used.

Farmington Municipal Schools’ Chief of Operations Ted Lasiewicz, left, and Lisa Eaker talk Thursday about the various features inside the new
Farmington Municipal Schools' Chief of Operations Ted Lasiewicz, left, and Lisa Eaker talk Thursday about the various features inside the new fieldhouse at Hutchison Stadium, which include a Piedra Vista locker room. (Jon Austria / The Daily Times)

Most of the remaining work will be moving furniture for offices and locker rooms and installing the fitness and weight lifting equipment in the weight room, said Ted Lasiewicz, Farmington Municipal Schools' chief of operations.

The building received its certificate of occupancy on Tuesday after inspectors toured it Monday.

"There is a lot of equipment to still come in here, but it wasn't critical for (tonight's) game," Lasiewicz said.

The project started as a remodel funded by the $50 million 2010 bond. It grew into a plan for a new building, and the older building was demolished. The original cost of the project was $1.2 million.

Farmington High School Athletic Director Don Lorett said the building has been a long-term project.

"The athletes, the coaches and the experiences are what make that kind of thing special," Lorett said of the old, demolished building. "We're glad we got a lot of good memories and success."

The new 11,524-square-foot building is about 4,000 square feet bigger than the old fieldhouse, and it provides equal facilities for both high schools.

Offices for Farmington's and Piedra Vista's head and assistant coaches will be housed there, along with an office for the athletic trainers and equipment storage.

Demolition and construction started later than anticipated after the first set of construction bids were rejected for being too expensive.

Lasiewicz said an issue with fiber optic networking cables caused a minor delay in construction.

"The fiber optics feed down from the high school to this building to the central administrative offices," Lasiewicz said. "It was critical to keep those fibers up and running."

Piedra Vista Athletic Director Kelly Thur said he was ready to receive the keys to the building and prepare for tonight's football games.

"History is going to start (Friday) night in that building," Thur said.

Joshua Kellogg covers education for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627 and Follow him @jkelloggdt on Twitter.