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Construction Projects Remain on Schedule

Constructions projects involving two buildings on the campus of Snead State Community College are moving forward on schedule.

Passersby traveling on the Boaz campus can see the progress being made on the McCain Center, located on Elder Street. The construction crew began the brickwork on the west and north sides of the building and will continue the work along the front within the next few weeks. The installation of windows is scheduled for February.

Interior work is also progressing, and the new roof on the structure is complete despite a slight set-back in December.

“A problem with the roof arose from the original construction not following the plans as approved and creating challenges when demolition reveals unexpected poor quality,” said Snead State Community College President Dr. Joe Whitmore. “Working with our architect and contractor, we were able to come up with an alternative plan to resolve the issue. It created a little bit of an added expense, but we are still under budget on the project. The adjustment created a more reliable building.”

The project remains on schedule with completion slated for late spring/early summer. College employees will begin transitioning to the new building in early summer, and the building is expected to be open and fully functional in the new space by the beginning of the Fall 2021 semester beginning in August.

The floor replacement of the Plunkett Wallace Gym is nearing completion and should be ready for play this month. The floor was completely installed in December, and the sanding finished after the holidays. The first coat of varnish was added five days ago, but several more coats will need to be added before painting and striping can begin.

“We’re within a few weeks of completion,” said Dr. Whitmore. “The (Alabama Community College Conference) is still planning for athletics to return in the spring semester, but we are closely following the protocols and recommendations of health officials and the NJCAA on how we will proceed. These ‘return to play’ plans could still be altered, but it is my hope our student-athletes will have the opportunity to compete this spring.”

Dr. Whitmore said he’s pleased with the worked by the architect and construction crews on the two projects. “The progress is looking great, and I believe the finish products will be something our students and community will be proud of.”