School board addresses moisture problems in PSJE gym

Published: Friday, November 22, 2013 at 11:24 AM.

Things are looking up for the gymnasium floor at Port St. Joe Elementary School.

During a workshop held on Tuesday, Hank Blackman of RAM Enterprises in Montgomery, AL. presented specs that would not only address the moisture issues that had caused the floor to warp, but also bring the gymnasium floor up to date with current standards. The project could cost the school upward of $118,000 on the high end.

Blackman analyzed the existing floor and revealed that stagnant air had made its way between the sub-floor and maple floor and disintegrated the vapor barrier.

“It’s a wide open door of moisture,” said Blackman, explaining the accelerated rot.

Blackman suggested installing a technologically advanced system that would activate blowers to dry the moisture when it was detected by sensors in the floor.

“Port St. Joe Elementary, for the foreseeable future will be located on Long Avenue,” said Superintendent of Schools Jim Norton in support of the plan. “If we’re going to fix it, let’s fix it right.”

Board member Danny Little asked if it was possible to simply restore the floor to its original condition, but Blackman said them it wouldn’t be a good idea, since the original floor contained felt and the standard was now polyurethane.

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