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How a 59-Year-Old Gym Gets Renovated

Community Pitches in to Help with CHS Gym Project

 

January 31, 2019

Photo courtesy of the Spring Cove School District

The Morrisons Cove Rotary Club donated $6,350 toward the enhanced graphics for the gym floor including a larger center school logo (above), shaded three-point area and red borders with Central at each end.

A ribbon cutting for the new Central High School Gymnasium was held on Tuesday, Jan. 15, prior to the Central High School boys' varsity basketball game against Tyrone Area High School.

The event celebrated the combined efforts of Central High School and its community in the completion of its gymnasium renovation project.

Dr. Betsy Baker, Spring Cove School District superintendent, shared with the attending large crowd.

"This project has truly been a community effort, and it makes me extremely proud to be a Dragon!" she said. "We had a large number of groups and individuals who contributed to this project, and we greatly appreciate their support."

According to Brian Gahagan, Spring Cove School Board president, the former gymnasium received significant water damage after a weekend of rainstorms in September 2018. The 59-year-old floor was original to the building and had exceeded the typical lifespan of 50 years.

Repairing only the damaged area was deemed impractical and not cost effective which led to the school board to approve replacing the entire floor.

Miller Flooring Co. Inc., of West Chester, was awarded the project with an estimated total cost of $275,000.

According to Dr. Baker, the new gym floor has several unique features including an AACER PowerVent Airflow System under the floor humidistat, which triggers fan units to begin circulating air if moisture is detected. This feature proactively protects the new floor from water damage.

Although the bleachers did not sustain water damage, they were already slated for replacement in the summer 2019 and the board approved their immediate replacement as part of the project. The red Interkal Motorized Telescoping Bleachers have a seating capacity of 602 (including ADA seating), in comparison to the prior 544 seats.

In addition, new red wall pads were purchased with the cost being offset by contributions from Central Athletic Booster groups, which include a $500 donation from Curry Supply.

The Morrisons Cove Rotary Club donated $6,350 toward the enhanced graphics for the gym floor including a larger center school logo, shaded three-point area and red borders with Central at each end.

"Morrisons Cove Rotary Club was proud to be able to step up and provide the funds for this great project," Chrissy Dively, club vice president, said. "As Rotary members, our fundraising allows us to give back to the community including this gym floor, providing dictionaries to Spring Cove School third grade students, sponsoring the Student of the Month and exchange students programs."

The Dragon Pride Foundation made a new scorers' table possible.

Scott King, Dragon Pride Foundation president, was present to affirm its donation of $3,578 to purchase the new table that will arrive soon.

"The Dragon Pride Foundation through our fundraising efforts and community donations strives to support the education of all students K-12 of the Spring Cove School District by providing opportunities for enhanced educational, arts, and athletic programs while bolstering school pride throughout the Spring Cove Community. We are happy to contribute the new scorers' table to this newly renovated gymnasium," King said.

"In addition to the generous contributions from Morrisons Cove Rotary and Dragon Pride Foundation, a $30,000 donation toward this project was received from anonymous alumni," Gahagan said. "We greatly appreciate this support. We look forward to another 50 plus years of school spirit and memory making."

"I am honored to be speaking on behalf of Central High School's students, staff, physical education department, athletic teams and Boosters," Stephanie Thompson, Central High School principal, said. "We wish to thank the Boosters for contributing funds toward our new wall mats.

"At CHS we emphasize the pillars of Dragon PRIDE. Through this project, our entire school community has demonstrated adaptability, flexibility and a positive attitude, and made the best of a difficult situation. We thank each of these groups. They make us proud to be Dragons."

Stacy Kuster, Spring Cove School District athletic director, had the honor of cutting the ribbon along with an energized group of supporters including Dr. Baker; Dively; King; Thompson; Gahagan; Spring Cove Dragon (CHS junior Clint Curfman); Noah Muthler, Central High School boys' basketball team/Boosters; Rob Mock, Central High School girls' basketball team/Boosters; Dave Marko, Central High School wrestling team/Boosters; Sue Heuston, Central High School girls' volleyball team/Boosters; Christine Wyant, Central High School boys' volleyball team/Boosters; and Emmie Garver, Central High School cheerleading squad/Boosters.

All events scheduled for the gymnasium in December and early January were rescheduled to the opponent's facilities, Penn State Altoona, or to the Spring Cove Middle School, Roaring Spring.

"This CHS gym renovation has required a tremendous amount of teamwork," Kuster said. "Although the timing of these renovations wasn't ideal, everyone impacted has been very cooperative throughout the past four months. I take great pride in being a part of a team that helped make these gym renovations possible for current and future Dragons to enjoy for many years to come."

Fact Sheet

• On Monday, Sept. 10, 2018, after a weekend of rainstorms, a large section in the center of the Central High School's gym floor was warped from the water.

• Insurance proceedings were initiated and still continue. To date, the district has been awarded a total of $70,327 from the insurance company.

• The 59-year-old floor was original to the building. The typical lifespan of this type of floor is 50 years.

• Repairing only the damaged area was deemed impractical and not cost effective due to the need to sand down the new floor to match the level of the surrounding 59-year-old floor. Therefore, the Spring Cove School Board of Directors approved replacing the entire floor.

• Although the bleachers did not sustain damage from the leak, they were already slated for replacement in the summer of 2019. The board to approved their immediate replacement as part of the renovation project.

• All events scheduled for the gymnasium in December and early January were rescheduled to the opponent's facility, Penn State Altoona, or to the Spring Cove Middle School, Roaring Spring.

• Miller Flooring Co. Inc., of West Chester, was selected to complete the project.

• Miller Flooring estimated the total cost of the project to be $275,000 for: removal and replacement of the maple gym floor along with installation of a PowerVent Airflow System ($148,475); replacement of the bleachers ($84,525); and leveling of the concrete subfloor ($42,000).

• "Anonymous Spring Cove School alumni" donated $30,000 toward the project.

• To reduce costs and move the project along in a timely manner, the district's Maintenance Department removed the old bleachers and scrapped the metal.

• On Oct. 2, Miller Flooring began removing the old maple flooring.

• A week later, the CHS gymnasium project was stalled by the condition of the subfloor. The concrete company inspected the floor and determined that the half-inch concrete included in the proposal was not going to be sufficient to level the subfloor. With 3/4 inches needed, the cost for the concrete base increased by $11,800. The board approved the change order on Oct. 15.

• Once the concrete work and pine subfloor were completed, installation of the 25/32" x 2-1/4 MFMA Northern hard maple began, followed by sanding, staining, painting and sealing.

• Morrisons Cove Rotary Club agreed to donate $6,350 for enhanced floor graphics including a larger center logo, shaded three-point area and red borders with Central at each end.

• The Dragon Pride Foundation then agreed to purchase a new 8' Bleacher scorers' table at a cost of $3,578.

• Over the winter holiday, the district's Maintenance Department adjusted the backboard heights; wiped the construction dust throughout the gymnasium including walls, scoreboards, and clocks; and painted/restored the equipment room door.

Photo courtesy of the Spring Cove School District

Workers from Miller Flooring Co. Inc., West Chester, rip up the original 59-year-old maple flooring in the Central High School gymnasium.

• The red Interkal Motorized Telescoping Bleachers were delivered on Jan. 2, and installed over the next week. The new bleachers continue to have six rows on each side, but have a seating capacity of 602 (including ADA seating), in comparison to the prior 544 seats.

• The AACER PowerVent Airflow System included in the project consists of an under the floor humidistat which triggers fan units to begin circulating air if moisture is detected. This feature proactively protects the new floor from water damage.

• The board also approved the purchase of new red Wall Pads at a cost of $9,359. Athletic booster groups are contributing funds, which include a $500 donation from Curry Supply, toward this purchase. The new mats were delivered on Jan. 8. The trim work was completed simultaneously with the mat installation to finish the project.

• The first scheduled home game was played on Friday, Jan. 11.

• The ribbon cutting was held on Tuesday, Jan. 15.

 

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