Highland High School's new A.L. Hutson Center is getting closer to becoming a reality for the school system as the ultra modern gymnasium is nearing completion.
Highland School's Superintendent Ronnie Brogdon said the estimated completion date is in September, "Way ahead of the basketball season," he said. The large amount of spring rains put the facility slightly behind schedule, but Brogdon says, "Things are progressing nicely."
Nabholz Construction, the company responsible for the construction of the 2,100 seat gym, has been working tirelessly on the large project, Brogdon said.
While touring the facility July 8 with job superintendent Larry Horton, workers were painting the upper walls and working on hanging wall panels. Grey walls will be enhanced by red stairs and handrails bringing out the school colors in full force.
When complete, the facility will house four coach's offices, six dressing rooms, a referee dressing and restroom, three concession stands, a therapy room, weight room and two men's and women's restrooms. A walking track is on the top level and goes around the court below.
Brogdon said he is especially proud of the skywalk above the court, which will be used by the media announcers during the games. The skywalk provides a bird's eye view of the new facility.
Brogdon said the school has scheduled a week-long basketball classic for the week of Nov. 1 to celebrate the opening of the new facility. Brogdon said the school has invited a lot of teams to participate in the event.