Concrete poured for high school’s new orchestra pit as structural steel work continues

Future orchestra pit
Concrete has been poured for the high school’s first-ever orchestra pit.
Construction guys
Construction workers are busy building the high school’s new auditorium.

Construction advancements are continuing at Goshen High School, all part of the $30.48 million capital improvement project that will help create 21st century learning environments, address safety and security, modernize the performing arts program and auditorium and upgrade athletic facilities.

steel beams
This is the future front entrance to Goshen High School.
Steel structure
A view of the future front entrance to Goshen High School.
Structural steel construction
A view of the new 15,000 square foot edition to Goshen High School from the second floor roof near science classes.

This past week, concrete was poured for the school’s first-ever orchestra pit. Structural steel installation continues for the school’s 15,000 square foot addition which includes a new lobby, four new classrooms, centralized administrative offices and a security vestibule at the front entrance.

“We’re thrilled this project is advancing on time,” said Superintendent Daniel Connor, during a visit to view the orchestra pit’s concrete pouring.  “This is due to the expertise and skill of the construction crew, along with the assistance and cooperation of high school’s faculty, staff and students.  These collaborative efforts make a difference.”

Likewise, Triton Construction Project Manager Frank Arturi praised the work of the many trades people involved in the work.

“There are a lot of talented people working very hard and working successfully around the rainy weather we’ve had to get us to the point we’re at,” he said. “We are committed to delivering this project on time to the Goshen school community. And, we are grateful to the high school’s administration, faculty, staff and students for their ongoing cooperation.”

Board of Education member Martha Bogart toured the high school last week. At the recent board meeting, she noted she was amazed at the amount of construction work being completed, adding it was remarkable how smoothly the work is progressing while not interrupting student learning.

As the auditorium and structural steel work continues, there’s ongoing kitchen work for the 464 square foot edition are taking place that will improve the cafeteria  serving line’s efficiency and overall layout.

Roughing-in of plumbing for new bathrooms is continuing .

Additionally, “A” wing work is completed and drainage work for the new addition is approximately 90 percent complete.

Walls are currently being constructed for the new field house and its electrical service is completed.

High School bleachers
Construction work for the high school’s new bleachers continue.
Field house
The future field house along the football field.

Draining of the turf field is ongoing.

At other schools, wireless upgrades are completed at C.J. Hooker Middle School and Scotchtown Avenue School.  This is part of the 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.

The capital improvement project also includes:

  • Five additional interior classrooms — for a total of nine new ones, with two dedicated to special education.
  • New STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math) Lab and Suite.
  • Music department upgrades, including: a renovated choral room and department office, new practice rooms, and upgraded seating, acoustics and lighting in the auditorium.
dirt football field
The new artificial turf, multi-use athletic field is under construction.
  • Athletic upgrades , including: a new artificial multi-use turf athletic field with eight lane track and lighting (to replace existing track and football field) 1,500 seat bleacher stand, concession stand, team locker rooms, training room, storage rooms and bathrooms.
  • New bus loop and parking lot to provide safer drop-off patterns for buses, students, parents and visitors.
  • Repairing sidewalks, curbs and parking lot in front of the high school “A” wing.
  • Repairing sidewalks from Scotchtown Avenue School to the new bus loop at the high school.
  • Original window and locker replacement.
  • HVAC upgrades
  • New fire alarm system
  • Roof repairs
  • New wall partitions between the “A” wing classrooms.

“We remain grateful to the community for its support of this important school district project,” Connor added. “We are committed to providing the best possible and safest educational environment to our children to ensure they are college and career ready. This project will do just that.”