Midway High School and Sampson County School officials are making a little headway toward the construction of a fieldhouse.
The Sampson County Schools Board of Education authorized Superintendent Dr. Eric Bracy to move forward with an architectural contract with Urena Architecture and an engineering contract with Cruse and Associates for the construction of the fieldhouse.
Board member Kim Schmidlin said Urena and Cruse will draw up preliminary drawings and final drawings which will not be sent to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, until everything is complete.
“We have had Urena and Cruse to have a meeting with us for some cost savings measures prior to when we draw,” Schmidlin said.
According to documents, Urena Architecture submitted a proposal for a 6,800 square fieldhouse. Some of the listed costs include architectural plans, structural slab design and foundation drawing. The cost for the architectural and foundation proposal is $12,800 plus additional cost for site visits and meetings.
Cruse and Associates will provide construction drawings to revise previous plans for the project at Midway. Some of the drawings will include electrical and lighting plans, fire alarm system, plumbing and HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning). According to the agreement, the cost of the services is $9,500.
In January, Principal Monty Strickland and Lou Nelon, executive director of Auxiliary Services for Sampson County Schools, presented details behind a request to build a fieldhouse. The estimated cost was about $550,000. During that presentation, a large amount of that money was expected to come from a donor. A fundraising committee was also brought up as a way to raise money for the project.
The project has been on the radar of Midway officials for a couple of months now. If constructed, it will include a weight room and classrooms, which will ease the burden of teachers having to use carts for classroom purposes. A weight room inside Midway High School could be converted into classrooms or for other students to use.
Previously, an idea for construction was to put the field house towards the schools building, in between the concession stand and the gate where visitors enter for games. School officials believe this will provide easier access to the gym entrance. It will used by male and female students for various sport such as track, softball and football.
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