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Bradwell continues gym updates; nears completion
Bradwell Gym
Work continues steadily at Bradwell Institute on the newly improved gym and expanded areas, including locker rooms and classrooms. - photo by Lainey Standiford

According to Interim Chief Operations Officer Jason Rogers, Bradwell Institute’s gym renovation continues forward on track for a March completion. On a Jan. 16 walkthrough, improvements to the gym—painting, flooring, and equipment install and start-up—has been completed.

In the past two weeks, the initial coats of paint have been applied, and the final coats are expected to be finished shortly, Rogers said. The contractors have also finished the ceiling grid and tile installation, bleacher install, and the bathroom epoxy flooring.

According to contractors with Charles Perry Partners, Inc. (CPPI), the building has passed its mechanical and ceiling inspections, and are moving forward with lowering ceiling tiles into place.

During the last update in September 2018, the wood flooring and HVAC system had proved to cause some delays, Rogers said. There were delays at the state level with receiving the HVAC system, Rogers said, and without it, the floor could not properly acclimate. There have been no other major hurdles during the construction process, Rogers confirmed.

“The new floor has already been installed,” Rogers said. “And they are working on putting on the wood floor finishing.” That stain was being placed the morning of Jan. 16, and contractors predicted they’d be finished by the next day, and would soon be painting the Bradwell claw onto the floor. There are nine speakers and two subwoofers placed in the gym, a contractor added.

Some upcoming projects that Liberty County School System has on their calendar is the Liberty County High School phased restroom renovations, which began on Jan. 7, Rogers said. LCHS’s baseball lighting renovations have begun, he continued. One lighting pole has gone up, and there are nine more to be placed into the ground. Bradwell’s baseball field renovations—specifically the batting and auxiliary areas—will begin in the next few weeks.

“The press box, restrooms, concession, dugouts and field improvements will start as soon as baseball season concludes,” Rogers said.

Recently completed projects include: sidewalk installation at Lewis Frasier Middle School; Bradwell girls’ softball access improvements; Bradwell and LCHS girls’ softball locker room HVAC improvements; and LCHS parking lot improvements, Rogers added.

Meanwhile, over in Long County, Interim Superintendent David Edwards said within the next week or two weeks, there will be fencing and an elementary playground added to the grounds at McClelland Elementary School and fencing at Long County Middle School. The two schools share a building off of Highway 84.

“We are relocating an existing playground,” Edwards said. “You want a company with the right background performing the job. We are hoping the project will start at the end of this week, or early next week. But, we are at the mercy of the company. They’ve fallen behind due to recent rains, and we’re just waiting on them.”

Once the fencing and playground project is complete, Edwards and the board will review the funding left and see if there could be any future, potential projects in place—such as landscaping.

“I do know that our long-range plans, we’re talking years down the road, include adding athletic fields to the campus, and adding a pine tree area in one of the open spaces for the agricultural program at the high school to manage and take care of.”

Edwards reiterated that all projects are contingent on funds being available.

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