Game Over for Mill Pond Gym Floor?

$215,000 replacement project proposed.

An estimated $215,000 Mill Pond School gym floor replacement project has been proposed by school officials for town meeting approval.

The 10-year-old floor has “reached its useful life expectancy” and constantly bubbles and tears, Director of Finance and Administration Irene Oliver told the school committee Wednesday night.

“The floor was never adhered properly to the manufacturer’s specifications,” Oliver said.

“It was only adhered around the perimeters. We suspect there was moisture at the time of installation.”

The $215,000 estimate includes $130,000 for the new floor; $57,500, to mitigate moisture under the current floor; $2,500 for an architect’s line drawing; $5,000 for due diligence and $20,000 for contingencies.

Oliver said the figures are based on industry standards. Director of Buildings and Grounds Brian Schlegel added that school officials received quotations from vendors as well.

Oliver said the $57,500 isn’t guaranteed to be spent.

“I’m not saying there’s moisture under there, but we’re putting that in there just in case,” she said.

A floor similar to the one at the Armstrong Elementary School is eyed.

The Armstrong floor, installed in 1995, has a 20-year lifespan, “and that’s been used seven days a week,” and the community “can get much more out of it,”

Schlegel said.

The Mill Pond School gym floor, on the other hand, has required ongoing repairs.

Oliver said the floor has “over 100 small patches” and several large ones

“Every morning, the p.e. teachers have to walk the floor to make sure there’s no tears and cracks,” she said.

Oliver and Schlegel presented photos of the floor, including, Oliver said, “a six- to seven-foot crack that occurred about a month ago.”

School Superintendent Marianne O’Connor said physical education teachers are repairing issues in the floor themselves.

Oliver said she and Schlegel presented their request to Westborough’s Capital Expenditures Committee Monday night.

Nickk Mindcrew July 17, 2013 at 10:36 AM
you have free space in your home area, and wish to convert it into backyard court or gymnasium floorings, tennis court. All set, but when it comes to selecting sports flooring, it is really becoming a big hurdle to decide and to make sure that the flooring you selected would best fit your sport court. In fact, there are a lot of features comes in sport court flooring and only a few are aware enough of the flooring options available and best fitting it. Before getting into sport court flooring, you should be aware of the choices available and to filter out the best possible way to get the sport flooring installed. http://sportcourtsepa.com


More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something
See more »