Central High School Construction in Full SwingA large construction project is in full swing at Central High School in downtown Grand Forks. Construction started this week on three projects at the school with a goal of being finished by August of 2012.
A large construction project is in full swing at Central High School in downtown Grand Forks. Construction started this week on three projects at the school with a goal of being finished by August of 2012.
This $8.7 million project at Central High school has been in the works for several years.
"That includes the theater remodel, the music theater arts addition and the gymnasium addition," business manager Bill Hutchison said.
"We actually just started this week with some removal of 1st Avenue north and we're removing some existing utilities in between the two buildings," Grand Forks buildings and grounds director Perry Marto said.
Both Central and Red River high Schools are getting some additions that have been needed since 1998. The gymnasium addition will help keep basketball teams at home.
"In the wintertime, we've got four teams that travel and have to get bussed to the YMCA to Lake Agassiz elementary school to practice," Hutchison said.
Along with more space for sporting events, the theater department will have more space for shows and performances.
"The theater arts is excited about recapturing the balcony in the current theater. With that remodel their capacity is going to go from a little less than 400 to 650," Hutchison said.
Although students may see some construction for a while, school officials say the extra space is well worth it.
"I think everybody's very excited about it. I know at Red River they're excited about the new theatre and track teams at both schools are excited for the new track and a football field which serves both schools," Hutchison said.
The gymnasium addition is expected to be done by January and the theatre addition by August of next year.