A drainage system is being created to stop flooding in the Regional Workforce Development Center at Paul D. Camp Community College. -- STEPHEN H. COWLES | TIDEWATER NEWS
A drainage system is being created to stop flooding in the Regional Workforce Development Center at Paul D. Camp Community College. -- STEPHEN H. COWLES | TIDEWATER NEWS

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Drainage project coming along

Published 12:04pm Saturday, April 19, 2014

FRANKLIN—Progress is being made on the water remediation project at the Regional Workforce Development Center of Paul D. Camp Community College in Franklin.

‘Work is coming along nicely,” said Dr. Joe Edenfield, vice president of Financial and Administrative Services of the college. He hopes the weather will stay dry for awhile so that equipment won’t get “bogged down” by any more rain.

Indeed, when it rains, it floods a couple of rooms at the center.

“What was happening was there was pretty bad flooding in the tech theater and computer lab,” said Felicia Blow, vice president for Institutional Advancement. She added that the Conference Hall Site A and parking lot have also been affected.

“What we’re doing is removing water away from the building by adding a retention pond and a French drain field,” said Edenfield. “So as the water comes down, it will be directed to the pond. Slopping land will draw water away from the building.”

This project should relieve, if not outright eliminate those problems, and make sure that customers have a good experience, added Blow.

In addition to creating a second retention pond, landscaping is being done to renovate a walking trail.

“With the pond, not only will there be a beautiful vista and fountain, but as a result, carpeting will be upgraded in the theater and lab,” she said.

Work had begun in January and completion is expected by the middle of summer.

Site Work South, which won the bidding, is doing the construction work.

The cost of the project is about a half million dollars, said Blow.

“We had to look for grant money to pay for things,” said Edenfield. “The state’s community college system is helping.”

 

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