Veritas replaces 75 year-old gym floor
75 Year Old Fletcher High School / Veritas Christian Academy Gym Gets Complete Makeover
Ever wonder what a gym was built like back in the 1950’s when there were no tools like we have today? Here it is. We had the pleasure this summer to completely remove our 75 year old gym floor due to sagging beams, dead spots in the floor and wood rot from years and years of exposure to the elements. It was surprising that back in the 1950’s , gym floors were engineered and built on crawl spaces with concrete peers holding up massive wood beams in order to support the floor approximately 40” off the dirt floor. 75 years later, the floor was in bad shape and needed to be replaced completely. Veritas Christian Academy now owns the old Fletcher High School and former Fletcher Elementary. With the help of several fundraisers and extensive planning, Veritas began the process of replacing the floor on May 30 of this year. The process which is chronicled by pictures took the entire summer and was completed on August 17. The old wood gym floor and supports were completely torn out and filled 18 forty yard dumpsters. Then came the daunting task of refilling the 40” crawlspace void with over 2.4 million pounds of washed stone to bring the floor back up to grade. The process then called for a 6” concrete slab to be poured in preparation for the brand new wood floor to be installed. Alexander Construction and TNNC oversaw the project with Carolina Hardwood out of Haywood County installing the entire floor and new playing surface. So for all of you former Fletcher High School and Fletcher Elementary school graduates that played thousands of games on the old floor, please come by when you get a chance and shoot a hoop or two on our new floor.
See the transformation in the Photo Gallery.