They’re starting the “fourth quarter” as far as work goes on Northeastern A&M’s athletic training facility.

“There’s about 7 minutes left in the fourth quarter … we’re down to those things that are most important,” Golden Norse head coach Donnie Bigby said. “It’s real, real close.”

Lettering on the north and south sides of the building — located in the north end zone of Robertson Field — was completed this week and landscaping and utility relocation is ongoing.

On the inside, there’s painting and touch-up work under way.

“Everybody keeps telling me they are ahead of schedule, but exactly what that means and where they are at, I don’t know for sure,” Bigby said.

He said July 15 “will be a big day for interior movement.”

That’s when representatives of Power Lift will install the weightlifting equipment.

“I bet the lockers are in by then,” Bigby said.

The $1.7 million facility houses the locker room, weight rooms, an athletic training room and a laundry area as well as offices for Bigby and his assistants.

The last major renovation at Robertson Field came when the current fieldhouse on the northeast corner of the stadium was overhauled following the July 2007 flood.

Bigby said student-athletes report Tuesday for the start of a new summer session program.

Those participating can take anywhere from three to six hours of general education classes in the morning. Then from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. will be a mandatory library session. There will be no organized workouts, but there will be a weight lifting session at 3 p.m. and a running program in the evening.

Participants will be on campus five days a week. They are required to go home on the weekends.

Bigby said coaches probably won’t move into the building until Aug. 1 or 2.

Crossland Construction has been the contractor on the project.