Pikeville High School (PHS), located along the Big Sandy River in Pikeville, is in the midst of a campaign to completely overhaul their aging athletic facilities. Chief among them are the existing football team locker and training facilities. Built several decades ago, the aging structure has long been in need of a facelift – among other things.
Recently the PHS football team took home the state championship title in football (2015) and from that moment the conversation began.
The bulk of the project consists of the conversion of an exterior public pool deck into an interior training center. The area will boast a 20×40 yard turf training field as well as spillover areas for cheerleader practice and other activities.
The interior of the existing building will also get completely renovated. The lower level will house new locker and support facilities. The upper level will house a brand new Alumni Room (swanky digs for gamedays) which will also serve as the film room for players. The upper level also houses the coaching offices, trophy room, restrooms, and all-new weight room.
In an effort to direct most of the budget to the interior, functional spaces, the renovations to the exterior are rather limited in comparison. Aside from new color schemes and new cut stone masonry, the largest component to the exterior aesthetic is the field-side wall of the training room addition. The fiber cement-clad facade is painted to reflect the dynamic helmet design worn by the football players.
This project is currently in fundraising mode, so if you’re interested in learning more – reach out to the Panther Excellence Foundation.