As Waukesha North students got fired up at a recent homecoming pep rally held in the school's fieldhouse students jumped and cheered on their new gym floor.
Construction on a new floor to replace 20-year-old synthetic rubber floors is part of the Waukesha School District's capital improvement plan.
The homecoming celebration on the shiny new fieldhouse floor also held special meaning for the J. Murphy and his crew from Paul Davis National a large loss specialist which is part of the Paul Davis Restoration franchise.
A fire broke out at the North fieldhouse on July 31 causing millions of damage as a result of the fire and smoke and water damage. The Waukesha Fire Department determined the fire was started by the inappropriate storage of oily rags that may have spontaneously combusted during the construction process.
There was minimal structural damage because the fire was in an area where there was steel, but the 130-square-feet of hardwood floor and the rubberized floor underneath were damaged.
Additional repairs included re-striping the gym floor, removing, cleaning and re-hanging award banners and replacing the bleachers, which had to be specially-ordered.
Crews had to restore and repair all porous ceiling tiles throughout the building along with a thorough cleaning of all materials.
To make the 250,000-square-foot building 100-percent clean after the fire, the job cost grew from an initial fire department projection of $300,000 in damages to approximately $6.2 million according to Murphy.
Superintendent Todd Gray said Schmidt Custom Floor's (the company installing the wood floor) insurance company and school district's insurance will combine to cover the expense.
Technicians in property damage emergency services and restoration worked in two 12-hour shifts to make sure the project was finished by Aug. 24. The target date would give the school's 80 teachers time to prepare their classrooms for the new school year which would welcome 1,156 students in September.
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