Enhancements to Chambly Academy
The gym floor was finally installed and the glue dried just in time for the November 5th 2009 official opening and dedication. On hand were the Mayor of St. Lambert, Philippe Brunet, the Executive of Riverside School Board, the High School Governing Board, Teachers, Directors of the Alumni Association Board, and other special guests.
It has been a long wait made even longer, and a little frustrating, with the last minute drying problem encountered with the concrete slab. But all that is behind us and everyone is just ecstatic with the new facilities. The new mayor was a member of departing mayor Sean Finn's team and he worked hard on getting the land sale completed that generated the money needed for rehabilitation and new construction. Also part of that team and strong supporters of the land sale and development were Claude Trudeau and his wife Vivian Weir (Class of 1960). I was able to get a shot of them at the ceremonies. I've included a few other shots of people you might know and a picture or two of the gym actually being used by Chambly students.
Last, but not least, is the Alumni Garden. Although it has not been completed and landscaping will have to wait until next spring of 2010, we promise it will be ready when reunion week-end rolls around. If you haven't done so already, you can certainly help the cause with a donation.
- Harvey Carter C'60
This latest series of pictures was taken October 14, 2009. I was at the school to attend a Governing Board meeting which was held in the new library adjacent to the new gym. The very spacious new library is, for the most part, up and running with just a few more books to be put on shelves. On the other hand the gym still is a work in progress (although it is now very near completion) and scheduled to be available for use on October 25. The concrete slab never did reach its ideal moisture content (less than 5%) so the contractor decided to use a higher quality glue and start applying the floor now rather than wait for up to two more weeks of drying time. The new floor was brought in and laid out on the slab where it will remain for several days before final trimming and gluing takes place. This step allows the material to flatten out and avoids any distortions in the surface when it is permanently affixed. From the pictures you can see that the vinyl surface looks like a typical hardwood floor. It looks great and hopefully will live up to everyone's expectations.
Nothing new to show you from the Alumni Garden but it looks like we will be organizing a volunteer work crew in the next couple of weeks to get some of the initial clean-up and landscaping done before a landscaper is brought in.
There has been no progress on the Alumni Garden. Still waiting on the hiring of a landscaper and the contractor has some finishing work to perform. Hopefully next month. Harvey Carter reporting on September 24th.
There is still a lot of work to do in the Alumni Garden but, as of June 8 the concrete patios have been poured. The walkway between the new and old buildings still needs to be built and the sight needs a good clean up before final landscaping can begin.
Last week, May 28th work was just getting started on the Alumni Garden. I was able to get access to the space through the old gym. Looks like the concrete patios will be poured next week and then some of the landscaping can begin. As you can see they were able to save a few of the trees and bushes currently occupying the space. The appearance of the outside of the new addition hasn't changed very much but, the inside work is well under way. I was able to get into the front of the new gym to get the May 19th shots.
Harvey Carter, Class of 1960, has been taking these photos of the construction process. Next month he plans to include some of the Alumni Garden which has had a bit of work done.