Floor fix expected to go quickly
A quick glance inside the Granville High School gymnasium at the beginning of last week might have been confusing.
Rather than a basketball court and gym floor, the sight greeting anyone opening the doors looked more like preparations for installing a swimming pool than repairs for the infamous bubble.
Missing from the floor – was most of the floor.
“This is a pretty simple job, pretty straight forward,” floor repairer Bobby Brand said on Oct. 25.
The repair company spent the end of the previous week cutting out the entire playing surface of the gym from wall to wall and into the blue border on the long sides, leaving only the portion of the floor covered by bleachers when the gym is in use.
Workers from J.J. Curran & Sons Inc. had already finished removing the damaged floor and were setting up to begin the replacement process Oct. 25.
By the evening, and the start of the company’s second shift, the gym floor began to resemble a kind of giant game board spread out with a grid of “sleepers” – which look like two-by-fours with rubber shock-absorbing pads attached to them.
The new flooring will be nailed to the sleepers; it will be sanded and finally finished.
Working two shifts a day, Brand said, the job is expected to be complete in two weeks, one week to put down the new floor and a second week to sand and finish the floor.
Following the work, Brand said, the floor has to be left alone for roughly a week before it can be used.
“It’ll be good as new; you’ll never know the difference,” he said.
Superintendent Mark Bessen said one old logo from the floor has been preserved and will be put on display somewhere within the school.
“We’re going to put a ‘G’ in the middle of the floor and then put ‘Horde’ two places on the floor and make it look nice,” Bessen said.
By the end of the week another glance into the gym showed a completely different scene. Gone was the large empty space, in its place a brand new floor, albeit one that needed sanding. With the floor complete on schedule, workers said the court should be open to use in about two more weeks.