GHS Performing Arts Center suffered damage by storm

By Curtis Wildfong • Last Updated 11:17 am on Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Small puddles of standing water are shown on the stage of the Greenville High School Performing Arts Center. The center received wind and water damage after a portion of the rubber membrane roof was torn open in Sunday’s storm. — Daily News/Curtis Wildfong

GREENVILLE — The Greenville Performing Arts Center suffered minor wind and water damage, causing at least one event to be postponed, after strong winds and heavy rain swept through the area Sunday evening.

Greenville Public Schools Superintendent Peter Haines said a large amount of rain poured into the auditorium and onto the wooden stage after a large portion of the rubber roof membrane was peeled back during the storm, which also knocked out power to more than 2,000 people in Montcalm County.

Pressure release hatches, which are designed to open to balance pressure differentials in the building, blew open in the wind, allowing additional water to flow in. The water was concentrated to an area in the center of the stage and also soaked curtains, rigging and some lighting, he said.

Crews began working on drying the stage and assessing the damage as early as Sunday evening and had most of the water dried up, but because of the wooden floors much of it had absorbed into the stage.

“The floor is probably our biggest concern,” Haines said.

A National Honor Society induction ceremony was scheduled for tonight, but that has been postponed, and a bullying workshop Friday has been moved to another location, said Haines, who added the hope was no other events would be affected.

“We begin holiday concerts in a couple weeks,” he said. “In meeting with the first phase contractors, there is confidence the turnaround time will be short.”

Classes Monday were not affected and the school was open the entire day.

“Our kids are safe, warm and dry this morning,” Haines said Monday.

In addition to the auditorium, the district fell victim to other minor damage as a result of the wind.

Pieces of sheet metal facia were torn off and dragged along the roof, causing small tears which were patched relatively quickly, according to Haines. One strip of solar panel received minor damage, but the panel as a whole will continue to function.

There was also small damage to the scoreboard and press box at Legacy Field, a light at the high school parking lot was damaged and a soccer goal at Yellow Jacket Stadium was overturned.

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