Cazenovia Central School District maintenance department employees Bill Poglitsh, left, and Sam Walrod work on the new scoring shed at the Sean Googin Sports Complex. The structure is made from wood that used to be a 70-foot tree on the front lawn of Cazenovia High School.
The Cazenovia Central School District’s buildings and grounds department took advantage of the unseasonably warm temperatures earlier last week by heading outdoors to complete construction of the new scoring shed at the Sean Googin Sports Complex on Fenner Road.
Beneath clear blue skies, Bill Poglitsh and Sam Walrod on Tuesday hoisted planks of pine milled from the 70-foot tree that once towered over Cazenovia High School’s front lawn.
The 12-by-16, elevated cottage will be ready in time for the spring lacrosse seasons.
After the pine was struck by lightning, the district had it cut down for safety reasons this past summer.
But David Hazer, supervisor of buildings and grounds, managed to find a silver lining in the tree’s loss.
“We try as a department to get the most value from — and, where possible, give a second life to — our materials,” Hazer said.
He instructed crews to cut the tree down in 10-foot lengths, then had the wood milled into boards that could be used in the new shack’s construction.
The tree-turned-hut is just the latest example in an ongoing district effort to use reclaimed materials. Red-brick pavers torn out during Cazenovia’s multi-building capital improvement project, for example, were relocated near the bus circle in front of the middle school.
When construction in the high school uncovered a keystone from the high school’s original 1931 building, Hazer had it installed above the auxiliary gymnasium’s exterior door.
The district also used bar joists, discarded after renovations to Buckley Gymnasium, to build a footbridge connecting the sports complex parking lot with one of the playing fields.
Laura Ryan is communication specialist for the Cazenovia Central School District. She can be reached at 655-1324 ext. 3334 or firstname.lastname@example.org.