First stages of capital project underway

There’s been plenty of behind-the-scenes activity since the district broke ground for the voter-approved $30.48 million capital improvement project at Goshen High School.

We’re happy to say that the project work is steadily moving forward – in fact, it’s right on schedule. Each week, the district’s administrators meet with the construction and contracting team for a capital project “check-in.”

Renovations began with preparations for the 15,000 square-foot addition that will provide four new classrooms and a security vestibule at the front entrance; the auditorium remodel and the athletic field excavation.

Workers from Triton Construction will continue to work round the clock until the first day of school, Sept. 6. After that, they will continue their work after school hours to ensure minimal disruptions during regular school operations.

Officials from Triton meet weekly with the district’s superintendent, business official, buildings and grounds chairperson and high school principal to discuss the status of the projects’ progress. In the event of a delay, the district will make an announcement.

As a refresher, the $30.48 million capital improvement project was approved by voters on February 28, 2017. The project work will create 21st century learning spaces for students, strengthen safety and security, modernize the school auditorium and upgrade the athletic facilities at Goshen High School. Construction officially began June 25 and is estimated to take approximately 14 months to complete.

Upgrades include:

• A 15,000 square-foot addition that will provide four new classrooms, centralized administrative offices, and a security vestibule at the front entrance;

• New STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math) Lab and Suite;

• Music department upgrades including upgraded seating, acoustics and lighting in the auditorium;

• Athletic upgrades that include a new artificial multi-use turf athletic field with 8-lane track and lighting (to replace existing track and football field) and 1,500 seat bleachers, concession stand, team locker rooms, training room, storage rooms and bathrooms; and;

• A district-wide IT infrastructure upgrades including improved high speed broadband and wireless connectivity throughout the district and a VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) phone system.