Winter Opening Planned for Revamped Montour Athletic Center
Construction update: Work is on pace at the new Montour Athletic Center, and district officials may have found a temporary home for the high school swim team.
The Montour School District expects to open its revamped athletic center to the students by February 2013, said Jason Burik, assistant to district superintendent Donald Boyer.
Construction on the $17.14 million project is running on schedule, Burik said. No opening date is set.
"Very tentatively, we're looking at the end of January or beginning of February and we will be planning a grand opening for the public," Burik said.
The district in December 2011 began renovations on the building, which includes a swimming pool, elevated indoor track and gymnasium.
The Ross Township-based Thomas & Williamson Program Management and Apostolou Associates are heading the project. Both firms also worked on the district's extensive high school renovations, which were completed in 2011.
When completed, the center will feature a 360-degree indoor-arena that seats 1,500, as well as fitness rooms and sports offices.
Burick said crews are starting to install windows and finish brickwork in the center.
"Everybody is really excited about it—anytime you have something that's brand new and state-of-the-art it brings a lot of excitement," Montour athletic director Mitch Galiyas said.
Athletic programs in the district have been moved to its intermediate high school gym, located next to the new athletic center on Montour's Clever Road campus.
Galiyas said he is in talks with a neighboring school district for use of their aquatics center for Montour's swim team, which is without its own facility in the interim before the athletic center's opening.
He said he anticipates the district's swim team will be able to use the athletic center's new pool after January 2013.
Galiyas, who declined to comment which school district he is in talks with, said the Montour School Board will likely vote on Thursday to enter into a contract with another district for use of their pool.
"At this time we don't have a contract, so I cannot say," Galiyas said. "But we have been in talks with other school districts."
The Montour School Board holds its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday in the district administrative offices.
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