Gym 2 closed this semester during roof construction

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Crates holding roof panels sit at the Candler roof construction site Sept. 9 in Lot 20. All Gym 2 activities will be restricted until the estimated completion in early November. Photo by E. David Guel

Crates holding roof panels sit at the Candler roof construction site Sept. 9 in Lot 20. All Gym 2 activities will be restricted until the estimated completion in early November. Photo by E. David Guel

Gym 2 may reopen Nov. 1.

By E. David Guel

sac-ranger@alamo.edu

Replacing the roof of Candler Physical Education Center will relocate classes and keep students from recreational basketball in Gym 2 most of this semester.

Overall roof construction for the building started in November, but contractors began work over Gym 2 Aug. 24, facility manager Linda Casas said.

Casas said the roof was wearing down and in need of replacement.

John Strybos, associate vice chancellor of facilities operation and construction management for Alamo Colleges, said construction should end by Nov. 1 if weather permits.

In a Jan. 15 story, Strybos said the board approved a $1.7 million contract to Waterproofing Technologies Inc. to replace the roof.

Casas said she decided to restrict any use of Gym 2 until construction is complete in the interest of student safety.

“They’re drilling and banging on that roof, and if anything falls from the ceiling tiles, we don’t want to be liable for anything that could happen to anyone,” Casas said.

“We had to move all of our classes out of that area during their working time.”

Last semester, Gym 2 recreational hours were 2-4 p.m. Monday and Wednesday and 3-4:15 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.

Casas said recreational basketball was fairly popular last semester. “For Tuesdays and Thursdays we might’ve had maybe 20 students show up to play,” she said.

“It just depends on which classes they take.”

Gym 1 cannot accommodate recreational use because it is reserved for classes, Ranger basketball practices and games and classes that have been moved from Gym 2. Construction will not affect basketball practices and games.

The swimming pool, conditioning room and racquetball courts remain available to students, staff and faculty.

Swimming pool hours are 1-4 p.m. Monday and Wednesday and 3-4:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.

Conditioning room hours are 3-4:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday and 2-4 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Racquetball courts are available upon request any time Monday through Friday.

For information, call Casas at 210-486-1018.

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