A significant portion of a new career technical education center at the former Brookwood High School is on track to open by the start of the upcoming school year.
During the past couple of weeks, construction crews have worked to remove a portion of the old school and renovate other areas that will be used for a new logistics training center and to create space for other career technical education programs. A two-story portion of the building that covered about 20,000 square feet was demolished.
Harrison Construction has conducted work on the site. The cost of the demolition and related construction is around $670,000.
“The demolition and construction are part of taking down parts of the building that don’t need to stay,” said Dennis Duncan, director of the career tech program in the Tuscaloosa County School System.
Duncan said the old school, which was initially built in the 1940s with additions being made in recent years, had become dilapidated. The two-story portion that was demolished had issues with mold and was unusable.
“You could get rid of the mold, but it would be right back,” Dennis said.
Brookwood students left the building in 2014 after a new school was built down the street.
Last April, the Tuscaloosa County Board of Education approved the beginning phase of formatting the old school’s gymnasium and band room to become a logistics center, set to be ready by the fall. The gym covers around 20,000 square feet while the band room covers about 3,200 square feet.
For the future, work will turn the library into a space for the hospitality program, the cafeteria will house a culinary program and the…
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