Kent County Recreation Center construction on schedule

DOVER — During Tuesday night’s Kent County Levy Court meeting, EDis, a construction management firm from Wilmington, said the Kent County Recreation Center is still on schedule to open in February.

The 65,000-square-foot facility on New Burton Road in Dover designed by the Becker Morgan Group of Dover will be Kent County’s first consolidated recreation center.

It will also replace the Boys & Girls Club facility on Simon Circle.

“Everything has been going very well,” said Gerald Doherty, senior vice president of EDis.

“It’s on schedule. We’re running a little behind, but we still feel confident that we’ll still make our completion date.”

The concrete curbs in the south parking lot have been installed and the curbs in the north parking lot have been laid out.

“The big push is the site work,” Mr. Doherty said. “We want to continue to get the curbs installed. Our intentions is to keep paving away and to continue to keep a close eye on the weather, which has been great so far.”

EDis is working on Kent County’s portion of the building, while Lighthouse Construction, of Magnolia, is building the Boys & Girls Club.

Construction of the $10.7 million building began in 2013. It will share a common entrance with the Boys & Girls Club, as well as the parking lot, two outbuildings, a public restroom near outside playing fields and a maintenance building.

The piping of the chiller above the Boys and Girls Club roof is currently being installed, said Mr. Doherty.

The plumbing finishes and ductwork in the concession stand have been started as well.

The Boys & Girls Club will feature a game and activity room, computer and teen rooms and classrooms for after-school activities.

Plans call for the Kent County side of the building, which will be to the left of the entrance, to contain a large gymnasium that can be configured for basketball, volleyball, youth tennis, and indoor lacrosse, soccer and field hockey.

Children also will be able to use the gym on the Kent County side when it is not scheduled for county-sponsored activities.

The recreation center will also consist of one large field, which will be used for field hockey, football, lacrosse and soccer. The floor, regardless of surface, will have permanent markings for at least two of the sports.

The gymnasium now has a few hanging lights and the gear is starting to be set in the field house.

Concrete light bases have also been installed in the parking lights, said Mr. Doherty.

“I don’t think the weather should be a problem,” Mr. Doherty said. “It hasn’t hindered any materials coming in and I think we should continue to be fine moving forward.”

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