Guitteau Gymnasium Reopened

Gym floor design

 

It happened during the calm of the morning, but unleashed an event that changed Guitteau Gymnasium forever

What started as a hairline crack, soon turned into a full-blown water line break, releasing a steady stream of water from the second-floor offices into the Wellness Center and down onto the gym floor.

When EAC’s Sharon Mitchell arrived to work at the Wellness Center last February, the northern portion of the gym floor was flooded. She called Dan Welker, EAC’s former director of maintenance, who immediately shut the water down. He called in his crews and assessed the damage. It was apparent the gym would have to undergo a major restoration.

“There was water everywhere,” stated Welker. “The floor near the main entrance was covered, the offices upstairs were a mess, and there was at least an inch of water throughout the Wellness Center.”

 

Since that day, EAC’s maintenance and athletic departments, along with an EAC drafting professor, restored the gymnasium and turned lemons into lemonade

A great deal of progress has been made since that fateful day. “EAC employees pulled together to create a state-of-the-art facility,” said President Todd Haynie. “Area high schools rearranged their schedules so our teams could use their facilities. Our community is a great place to live and we want to thank everyone who helped make this possible.”

 

Photos that show some of the progress that’s been made:

Strategic Plan Timeline
Doug Griffin, EAC drafting professor and division chair for industrial technology education, provided architectural renderings for the gym renovation. This included redesigning the locker rooms, weight rooms, and offices.
Strategic Plan Timeline
The new wood strips near the gym’s main entrance are evident in this photo. Although only a small portion of the floor was flooded it was necessary to sand and paint the entire area.
Strategic Plan Timeline
A distinctive design was created for the gym floor. This design modernizes the floor, shows EAC’s association with the NJCAA, and highlights EAC’s athletic logos and website.

 

What a few of our student athletes have to say about the newly renovated gym