Howard Auditorium, gymnasium getting $2.8 million redesign

  • Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Chris Sokoloski/Times Seats in Howard Auditorium were removed in November as part of the overall improvement plan for Georgetown County’s Parks and Recreation Department portion of the complex. Other work is being done in the adjacent gym, to transform it into a multi-use area.

For the first time in decades, the Howard Adult Education Center on Kaminski Street is undergoing major renovations.

When the work is complete later this year, the facility will be a place which can be used for numerous events, said Beth Goodale, the county’s recreation director.

In order to do the job, the Howard gymnasium closed last week. It will be renovated into a multi-purpose center that can be used for a wide range of activities.

The athletic events that had taken place inside the Howard gym are now being held at the Beck gym located on Church Street behind the Georgetown County School District offices.

The $2.9 million renovations are part of the county’s Capital Improvements Project, Goodale said.

She said a lot of preparation work has already taken place. The heating and air conditioning units are being replaced. And, to do some of the renovations, parts of the flooring had to be jack-hammered.

The seating in the auditorium have already been removed and will be replaced with 900 new seats.

“It will be the biggest auditorium with the most seats in the county,” Goodale said, adding the goal is for the facility to be used for meetings, presentations, concerts and other such events.

The gym is being transformed into a “multi-purpose” room.

Goodale said that area can be partitioned off so it can be four different sizes. This means it can be used for a wide variety of activities. This includes things such as dances, receptions, reunions, company meetings, and the list goes on.

Goodale said once the work is complete, the portion of the building owned by the Parks and Recreation will be separated from the rest of the Howard Adult Center. They are currently connected by an adjoining door.

Once the work is done and the facilities are in operation, Goodale hopes the “energy to continue the West End revitalizations” will continue.

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