High Point Central Gym Project Delayed

Completion of phase one of the High Point Central High School gymnasium project will be pushed back at least a month, according to the latest estimates from KMD Construction, the contractor working on the project. School officials shared the news this evening with parents and High Point community members.

The revised timeline means the gym won’t be ready for basketball games until a tentative date of Jan. 17, 2013, about a month after the previous date of Dec. 15, 2012. This additional delay means the reminder of High Point Central’s home basketball games will most likely be played at Southwest Guilford High. Southwest Guilford High also hosted High Point Central’s basketball games last year.

Phase one of the High Point Central gym project includes a new concession stand and ticket booth as well as a new multi-purpose room and renovated locker rooms and offices.

The current contractor, KMD Construction, is the second contractor working on the project. Miles Builders was first awarded the contract in April of 2011 and the building was scheduled to be ready for games in October of 2011. The Guilford County Board of Education terminated that contract in November 2011 after delays and reports the contractor was not paying subcontractors.

Miles Builders’ surety company selected KMD Construction as the replacement contractor in April, 2012, which the Board of Education approved in April 2012. At that time, KMD estimated the project would be completed in October 2012. In October, KMD Construction pushed that date back to December 2012.

“This news is frustrating for everyone involved,” said Dr. Terrence Young, chief information officer. “We appreciate everyone’s patience as we work through a tough situation.”

Young noted that GCS has completed 44 projects from the 2008 school bonds, including the replacement for Eastern High School, the new Haynes-Inman Education Center and Jamestown Middle School. The vast majority of those projects came in on time and under budget, allowing the Guilford County Board of Education to reallocate $22.5 million to new projects across the district.