The Academy of Richmond County's gymnasium has had a makeover, and it will be ready to host its first basketball games after Thanksgiving, officials said this morning during a walk-through by Richmond County school board members.
The last major work remaining to be done is in the concession area. Upgrades to the boys and girls varsity and physical education lockers and a few classrooms are largely complete. Besides a more energy-efficient heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system, translucent panels were installed to replace the windows and provide better insulation.
The gym renovations were part of a $5.7 million project that included the addition of the "IB Wing," so named because it includes classes from the rigorous International Baccalaureate program.
The home bleachers still have the original wooden backs, which have been painted purple. But the wooden bench seats were replaced with aluminum. The visitor bleachers are the standard pull-out wooden bench seats.
Kevin Drayton, project manager for Hanscomb/GMK, which is assisting the school district with its building program, led the tour. Board President Marion Barnes, Vice President Alex Howard and members Jimmy Atkins and Venus Cain were present for the tour.
Richmond Academy's first regular-season basketball games in the renovated gym are scheduled for Dec. 3 against Rockdale County and Dec. 4 against North Augusta. The Musketeers boys team will also play in the Iverify Invitational, held at E.E. Waddell High School in Charlotte, N.C., on Nov. 26 and 27.