March 2011 Volume 8

RuJohn Foundation Donates US$50,000 for Pavilion Refurbishment

Dr. Glen Laman
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The pavilion is the sports center of the Kingston College North Street Campus. But over the years, this two-storey building with approximately 5,000 square feet of space has deteriorated to the extent that it can no longer efficiently or effectively serve the needs for which it was designed.

Practically all windows and doors are broken.  The shower and bathroom facilities do not function.  Broken benches and shelves adorn the change room.  The flooring is broken and in really bad condition.  The ceiling is in deplorable condition and rusted steel bars are protruding from the first floor slab.  In short, the building is in an appalling state and urgently needs work.

Audley Hewett of the Florida chapter is leading the charge to raise the necessary funds to complete the renovation. In addition, Robert Kelly, the newly appointed plant manager at KC has been able to reduce the estimated costs to J$7.5 million from J$12 million after a review of the overall design.

The majority of the needed financing is now in place thanks to a generous US$50,000 donation from the RuJohn Foundation.  The RuJohn Foundation was established in 2003 by KCOB Byron Bachelor and his wife Ingrid, in honor of Ruth and John Tulloch, Ingrid’s parents. Byron attended KC during the 1970s and ran track in Class I specializing in the 400 meters.  The foundation previously donated funds for refurbishing the basketball courts at KC.

A KCOB technical committee was tasked with developing a plan to restore this much need structure to a useful state.  The plan calls for refurbishment of the ground floor initially.  

The technical committee consists of the following KC Old Boys:  Hopeton Jones, convener and structural engineer; Douglas Stiebel, architect; and Elvis Robinson, quantity surveyor.

The proposed refurbishing includes the following:

  • Relocate the sport master’s office to front of building
  • Add rest room to sport master’s office
  • Add a visitors’ change room
  • Add equipment storage areas
  • Add weight training room
  • Relocate and refurbish change rooms with rest rooms and lockers
  • Replace the entire concrete flooring
  • Add security features such as motion sensor lighting, wall safe and strong room
  • Flood lights
  • Facilities for potable water storage
  • Improve the overall appearance of the facility

If you would like to be a part of this effort, you can contribute via any chapter of the KCOBA.  You can also contribute online at:

http://kcobaatl.org/Donations.html

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