High school gym renovations will impact fall sports, PE

by Kate Evans

Berkeley Springs High School Building C (gymnasium building) and Building D (vocational building) renovations are still moving along, but key closeout dates for some of the work have been revised and pushed back. Completion of the gym and storage is still targeted for the end of October, said Morgan County   Schools Maintenance Director Jamie Harris on Monday.

Because the gymnasium won’t be ready for the first day of school, “the current plan is for physical education classes to use the old gym, the football field and track until the gym is completed,” Harris said in an e-mail.

“The tentative plan is that the locker rooms will be accessible for the first football game on August 24,” he said.

“Berkeley Springs High School volleyball has moved all of their practices and games to Warm Springs Middle School for the fall. That is the only sport that had to move to a different school,” Harris noted.

Harris anticipated that Building D will be ready by the opening of school with some minor work still going on that wouldn’t affect classroom instruction.

Planned renovations work included painting the gym, installing windows, pouring footers for retaining wall, installing ceiling tile and new lighting in Building D, continuing installation of the domestic water system and duct installation in Building C, drywalling bulkheads in Building C, the tie-in of the main electrical distribution panel to the current transformer cabinet, installing refrigeration lines in Building C and exterior finishing, Harris said.

Active work being performed is drywalling lobby bulkheads in Building C, painting, installing lighting, ceiling tiles and fire alarm devices in Building D, piping, installing exterior door frames in Building C and installing water components.

Revised closeout dates for Buildings C and D were pushed back from late July and early August late October.