News from Montgomery College

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Date: January 20, 2004 (04-07)
Contacts: Elizabeth Homan, 240-567-7970; Steve Simon, 240-567-7952

MC-Germantown Campus Pool to Reopen
for Classes and Community Swimming
 Building Underwent Repairs After February 2003 Snowstorms Damaged Roof 

            The swimming pool at Montgomery Collegeís Germantown Campus is set to re-open February 2, after almost a year of being closed as a result of damage caused by last yearís Presidentís Day weekend blizzard.  Swimming classes will resume, as will the availability of recreational swim hours for the community.

            The Germantown Campus gymnasium, located inside the physical education building, shut down on February 21, 2003, after heavy snow and rain caused leaking.  Four days later, the remainder of the building was evacuated after staff working in the swimming pool area reported hearing cracking sounds and seeing dust fall from the ceiling.  In consultation with County officials, the decision was made to close the building until roof repairs could be made.

            The gymnasium reopened in late March, after minor repairs.  For the swimming pool roof repairs, SNG Engineering, Inc. of Gaithersburg served as structural engineers and Bovis Lend Lease, Inc. served as the general contractor.  Crews installed 22 steel trusses for the roof, transferring the load from the original 12 wood beams.  The current design meets the latest International Building Code requirements.  In addition, the lighting has been upgraded in the pool area and emergency lighting installed.  The project cost approximately $1.54 million and was paid, in part, through the countyís self-insurance fund.

            With repairs now finished, Montgomery College-Germantown will once again offer swimming classes.  The pool will also be available to adult swimmers during community hours, which will be determined closer to the opening date.  Community pool passes are available for $130 annually or $65 for the spring or fall semester.  Summer semester passes cost $26.  Montgomery College students may swim at no additional charge.

            For updated information about the Montgomery College-Germantown swimming poolís hours of operation for community use, call 240-567-7891.  To learn more about swimming classes and other opportunities, contact the pool office at 240-567-7892.

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