Work Begins on the Muncie Fieldhouse
Work has begun on the new roof for the Muncie Fieldhouse this week that is scheduled to be ready by the first week of March. Once the work on the roof is completed, masonry work and the installation of a new court will begin at the 91-year-old basketball gymnasium.
The fieldhouse has been closed and open to the elements since an EF1 tornado swept through downtown Muncie on November 5, 2017, and tore off a section of the roof of the building resulting in structural damage to the brick facade and its floor. The tornado ruptured pipelines resulting in the basketball court became a pond.
The Muncie School Board approved a contract worth $580,017 in September that will be broken into $384,410 for the roof and $195,787 for the parapet, the protective wall above the gym’s roof that is used for both aesthetics and fall protection. There will be 7,000 limestone bricks that will be cleaned that will cost $25,000 a brick and included in the total cost of the parapet.
The new basketball court will be constructed out of a kiln-dried, tongue-and-groove, northern hard maple finish and include two different colors to accent the three-point line, adding an additional $1,217.
It is hopeful that Muncie Central High School basketball program will be able to return to the building in time for the 2019-2020 school year. The Bearcats have been playing its games at Muncie Southside Middle School.
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