Longhorn breeders get first crack at renovated Annex
The Texas Longhorn Breeders Association of America (TLBAA) will be the first client to experience a $254,000 renovation to the Coliseum Annex, Comanche County Fairgrounds Director Richard Pool said Thursday.
The project was made possible by a $125,000 grant from the McMahon Foundation and $52,000 from the Comanche County Industrial Development Authority, he said. The remaining $77,000 was covered in-house through the fairgrounds’ portion of county use tax monies and revenues generated by fairgrounds activities.
Pool said all the work was done in-house, either by Derek Gossett and his crew or hired contractors. Trustees Jack Whiteman, Charles Lupi and Phillip Stoll of the Comanche County Fairgrounds Trust Authority oversaw the construction part because they have expertise in this area, Pool noted.
The restrooms were torn out and totally redone with granite countertops and new fixtures. The old restrooms were in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, but the new, improved restrooms have enough room under the countertops for a person in a wheelchair to pull in close enough to get their hands under the running faucets, Pool pointed out.
Out in the Annex proper, the old sloping floor was ground down to make it perfect level. It was then acid-stained to give it a marble look.
The supporting beams have been covered in a jigsaw of light-colored brick sections. Each beam has a sconce to provide indirect lighting and a totally new look to the facility.