Facing an August deadline to return to their usual building, the Sherman Boys & Girls Club has been stuck playing the waiting game. The facility’s gym is long gone — demolished after the roof collapsed during the December ice storms — but new construction has yet to begin.

Facing an August deadline to return to their usual building, the Sherman Boys & Girls Club has been stuck playing the waiting game. The facility’s gym is long gone — demolished after the roof collapsed during the December ice storms — but new construction has yet to begin.


"It’s just taken us a little bit longer to get going on it," explained Club Director Mike Delong. "We’ve tried to be very prudent and look at the building with the engineers. Some of the piers that we had that the steel beams rest on have moved, so there’s work on those we had to do."


The delay has meant Bluestone Partners will need to make up for lost time when the steel for the new gym arrives early next month.


"It’s slated to come in early May, and once that comes in, everything’s going to go pretty quick," said Bluestone construction director Todd Young. "It will be pretty standard to what they had before, but they actually had a standing seam roof before. We’re going to go back with an R-panel roof this time with extra, added supports to kind of fight against this happening again."


Bluestone plans to wrap the project by August, just barely beating the Club’s deadline to vacate its temporary home at Fairview Baptist Church. Fairview needs use of its auxiliary building as summer ends to produce a play, explained Delong.


"The goal for us is to be opened up at our typical location when school starts in the fall. The church that we’re staying at, they’re actually going to host a school program there in the fall and they have an agreement to do that. And they have been working on this since well before we were offered to utilize their facility."


The deadline is hardly an inconvenience, said Club leaders, considering the kindness extended by the church in the months since the collapse.


"Actually the pastor and the youth minister have dropped in there on numerous occasions and interacted with the kids," said Delong. "Members of their parish have baked cookies for the kids and brought them over. I mean, they’ve just been more than kind. They’ve gone out of their way to make us feel comfortable, and we’re very appreciative of that."


While the vast majority of the gym’s $400,000 price tag will be covered by insurance, the Club is still bracing for additional costs. Delong said community support has been unwavering through the ordeal.


"We have had several people say to us as we get into the rebuilding portion of it, when we see some other areas that we’re going to need help in, they want us to give them a call. So we are going to have some additional needs met."


The Club was given a bit of unexpected assistance in the financial department last weekend when a local radio company held a fundraiser 5K to benefit Boys & Girls Clubs in Sherman, Denison and Collin County. KLAK, Katy Country and Mad Rock sponsored the event, which drew 500 runners at $25 a head for the Clubs’ benefit.


"Especially because of the roof collapse, any little bit will help and we thought that this would definitely be the perfect fit," said the stations’ Promotions Director Laura Villa. "And we also were able to get the kids involved, which is really exciting."


Delong said the race money will be held onto in anticipation of rebuilding expenses.


"They did a tremendous amount of work to put on that event. We are going to use some of the proceeds for our building reconstruct project as we get in there, so we’re going to earmark those funds for that. We’re just real appreciative for the fact that the community believes in what we’re doing and feels like it’s necessary. We can’t do it without community support."