New gym to greet Central students
The first day of school should be a little easier at High Point Central High School with work nearly finished on the gymnasium renovations.
The new gymnasium floor should be ready in time so students can use the building for gym classes and competition practices, Julius Monk, district construction director, told the Guilford County Board of Education.
“It can be occupied for a gym this time around,” Monk said.
Repairs in the weightlifting area are underway, according to the latest report.
The board added a $150,000 flooring project after water seeped under the floor during the stalled $5 million renovation. Construction has been stopped and slowed by problems. The original schedule called for the gym to be ready for home basketball games by October 2011. If work stays on schedule, the gym could be ready this season.
“It will be better news when we finish this completely,” said Board Chairman Alan Duncan. “We should have a smooth opening there for the first time in two to three years.”
The Guilford County Board of Education stopped the project in 2011 after firing Miles Builders Inc. of Charlotte for breach of contract, citing “multiple breaks.” KMD Construction of Salisbury is a replacement contractor selected for the job because of performance bond issues.
Work was planned in three phases, starting with construction of a 9,600 square-foot addition to the gym and a 4,400 square-foot front lobby addition. Physical education and athletic programs moved out of the existing gym into the new rear addition to allow renovation of the existing gym.
Progress: Phase one of the High Point Central gym project includes a new concession stand and ticket booth as well as a new multi-purpose room and renovated locker rooms and offices.