PHOTOS: LHS Gym Demolition Underway
By Mike Perleberg
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – Demolition started on the old Lawrenceburg High School gymnasium Tuesday, but the work became far more apparent Wednesday.
Motorists passing by the school on U.S. 50-Eads Parkway noticed that the north exterior wall was all of a sudden missing. Demolition crews have been using a large excavator to tear down the 50-year-old brick walls.
SEE PHOTOS OF THE DEMOLITION SITE BELOW.
Lawrenceburg Community Schools Superintendent Karl Galey warned Wednesday that nobody is allowed into the fenced area around the demolition site without permission from the construction project superintendent. The gym has also been sealed off from inside the school, Galey previously said during a school board meeting.
Once the old gym building and its rubble have been cleared, work will begin on constructing a new, $13.9 million dollar gym in the same place. The City of Lawrenceburg is contributing a $4 million grant for the project, in addition to giving the school district a low interest loan of $8.9 million.
The new gymnasium is expected to be completed in time for the 2015-2016 school year. For the 2014-2015 year, Lawrenceburg High School basketball and volleyball teams will play their home games at Greendale Middle School, where additional seating and other upgrades have been installed.
The new gymnasium is being engineered by Lancer + Beebe, RQAW, and Land Consultants. Bruns-Gutzwiller Construction is the construction manager.
A formal groundbreaking of the gym replacement project was held March 31. The basketball floor from inside the gym was sold and auctioned off as a school fundraiser in March.
Serious structural and foundation issues due to fluctuation in the water table beneath the gymnasium had begun to make the building unsafe.