Dr. Lerch Question 1

It is evident from our work thus far that the construction required to restore this facility to a safe condition suitable for occupancy is far greater than minor structural repairs to replace the second floor beam supports.  Structural repairs and/or improvements may be required on the building exterior, load bearing concrete block walls, interior stairs, floor slab, and roof.  The restroom and shower areas are unusable and have been boarded up.  Significant re-work of the water, sewer, slab, fixtures and finishes will be required.  Exit doors and hardware should be replaced; exit signs and emergency lighting installed; and a fire alarm system should be installed for life safety of the building occupants.  Accessibility must be addressed for entry and general access throughout the building.  Currently, the finish floor elevation varies 3-4 inches in three different areas of the building.  The building use must also be evaluated with building code to propose a scope of renovation work that is not only feasible, but practical for a 60+ year old building.

Time is of the essence.  We recognize and appreciate the hardships this has caused the athletic program at New Hanover High School, and will do everything possible to expedite our work.  However, it is important to take the time to develop a detailed scope of work required to restore use of this facility, an implementation schedule and cost estimates.  First and foremost, we want to provide for the health and safety of our students.  We also want to set realistic expectations for this project, and present to the Board the most complete and accurate budget possible.

The evaluation is still ongoing.  The results of the evaluation will determine a time line.  When the students will be able to utilize the Field House will depend upon the magnitude of the renovations required to bring the facility into code compliance, cost estimate, funds available, the time required to implement the scope of work developed, and a decision by the Board of Education relative to the Field House.