JDHS installs new gym floor better suited to damp climate

Work on $250,000 floor will take place over the next couple of weeks

Posted: Tuesday, August 24, 2004

The floor that launched Carlos Boozer to his earliest slam dunks and carried a host of Juneau-Douglas High School basketball and volleyball teams to state titles is no more.

Crews are replacing the wooden floor of the JDHS main gym, which was plagued by moisture. The new 12,200-square-foot maple floor, which cost about $250,000, will be raised about 38 inch above the gym's concrete slab on metal tracks to avoid similar damage.

The project was funded with money remaining from the school's recent renovation.

The old floor - the gym's second - was installed during a major renovation in the mid-1980s and, as of Monday, was entirely removed with the exception of sections under the bleachers. It replaced the gym's first floor, which dated to the school's construction in 1956.

Deb Morse, coordinator of facilities planning for the Juneau School District, said the new floor is similar to one installed in Craig in 2000, which has performed well in Southeast's wet climate.

"We've had problems with (the old floor), so it's nice to be able to fix it with something that is proven and will make it more usable," she said.

JDHS boys basketball coach George Houston said the new floor's painted design will be similar to the old floor, but changes will include a paw at center court and slightly smaller Crimson Bear logos at each end of the basketball court.

"It's primarily going to be the same, but there will be some subtle changes," Houston said.

The floor also will be painted for continued use by the JDHS volleyball squad.

Installation of the new surface has just started, but Houston said he was pleased with the work so far. He said the new boards have a good spring to them.

Work in the gymnasium should continue for the next couple of weeks.

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