Under Construction

75% of J.C. Booth was renovated over the summer.


C. Johnson and Audrey Hardy

Construction was still being done after school began.

Hayoung K. and Marlee R.

In the summer of 2020, construction on Booth began. The goal is to transition the building to a housing college and trade school. Mega Construction, the company renovating the school, started in the West Wing. The West Wing is the newer part of the building and a smaller, more manageable portion to fix. The first phase of the renovation was completed in time for the 20-21 school year. In the second phase, everything except the media center was renovated, since the library calls for the library to be thoroughly gutted and stripped apart. This space will be used for the Audio Visual Technology and Film (AVTF).

Interviewer Cameron Manning spoke with a reputable source about the state of the building on the first day of the 21-22 school year. Workers were on-site “14 hours a day, seven days a week,” he said. “The average number of people on site per day was roughly 125-175.” The average shift for a construction worker is 8 hours a day, Monday through Friday. Whilst working almost double the amount of time from dawn to dust, the area of space that had been refurbished is 75,000 square feet. To put this in perspective, the White House Floor Plan is 54,900 square feet, making the renovated area an astonishing 20,100 square feet larger.

Typically, a project this size takes 3-4 months to accomplish. However, due to the time constraints, Mega Construction had to confirm that the students and staff could safely return to the building in 7 ½ weeks or less. There have been many rumors and complaints circulating the school that the construction workers did not get everything done. Some comments made were that the finalized product was inferior. Ceiling tiles and molding in various parts of the school were missing, and work on the classrooms and so many other areas of the school were still under construction after school hours.  Many people did not know that Mega Construction had accomplished a great deal over a tight time frame. From the roof to the tiles were gutted. The punch list was enormous with repainting, plumbing fixtures, ceiling grid, tile repairs, lights, roof replacement, an entire HVAC system, and a plethora of other items that were replaced in 7 1/2 weeks. Education continues, and the faculty and students are safely working on campus. At the same time, the county and Mega Construction are “working on a punch list of things” to be completed specifically for the next tenant.