Summer midpoint: Construction continues at Goshen High School

Summer is halfway over and the new school year is just around the corner. Construction at Goshen High School continues (as part of the district’s capital improvement project approved in February 2018) as the district gets ready for opening day for students on September 4.

“The high school has undergone a transformation since summer began,” said Superintendent Daniel Connor. “Many projects are underway and are progressing well, with some at their final stages. Although there is still work to be done, we’re excited to reveal the school’s modernized facilities to our students, employees and community.”

View photos of construction at GHS

Building exterior up closeA close up of the new front entrance at Goshen High School.

exterior of building under construction
The new front entrance is part of a 15,000 square-foot addition that will provide four new classrooms, centralized administrative offices, and a security vestibule.

Landscape photo of building exteriorThe exterior and parking lot, taken from the new 1,500 seat bleachers on the athletic field.

Indoor hallwayThe new entryway to Goshen High School is almost near completion. The hallway boasts new tile floors, large glass windows and doorways leading to the courtyard, and skylights near the front entrance.

Glass double doorsThe new security vestibule at the main entrance (between the double doors) will oblige visitors to be screened by a security guard BEFORE gaining access into the building during school hours. Exterior doors will be locked and visitors will have to be “buzzed in” — an effective safety deterrent.

Office with windowsThe new principal’s office at Goshen High School. Centralized administrative and support staff offices, including building leaders, social worker, school psychologist, school nurse, guidance counselors and secretaries, will allow for better communication and services for students.

Interior seatingPhotos don’t do it justice: the new seating in the Goshen High School auditorium. The new seats replaced the original seating that was approximately 40 years old.

AuditoriumConstruction is still underway at the Goshen High School auditorium, which has new seating, lighting and acoustics. New doors with acoustical gasketing, a new acoustic ceiling and wall panels will improve the sound quality of the space. The auditorium will also have a renovated sound booth, new house lighting, rigging, controls and dimmer panels, and an upgraded AV system. Additionally, two air handling units servicing the auditorium space will be replaced and an operable partition wall will be removed to modify the floor pitch and improve site lines.

Orchestra pitAt the front of the stage is the auditorium’s new orchestra pit, constructed with a stage filler to extend the thrust of the stage and provide a larger variety of options for musical and dramatic performances. Other Music Department upgrades include a renovated choral room and orchestra/band room, a new SGI music classroom and an office.

Room under constructionThe high school’s industrial and visual arts program is being converted into a new STEAM lab and suite that will be devoted to applied arts and technology, equipped with 3-D printers, CNC machines, laser engravers and vinyl cutters. Pictured is part of the new suite, with automatic doors separating two spaces.

Empty classroomOne of the nine new classrooms at Goshen High School that will help accommodate its special education program and growing academic program.

Construction siteCafeteria and kitchen improvements are underway, and will relocate the kitchen and serving line to improve efficiency and overall layout. The cafeteria will become enclosed so it’s separated from crowded hallways.

Bleachers and fieldThe new 1,500 spectator bleachers are over a field house with concession stand, team locker rooms, training room, storage rooms and bathrooms.

The bleachers are ADA accessible and provide ramps and seating for guest with disabilities.

The top row of the new bleachers provides a booth for commentators and a standing area for spectators — and what a view!

The multi-use synthetic athletic field with 8-lane track will increase playability and allow for easier maintenance. Research indicates that artificial turf provides a greater number of playable hours than natural turf: in a three-season year, playability for artificial turfs range between 2,000-3,000 hours, with most research pointing toward 3,000 hours, while playability for natural grass fields range between 300-800 hours – a drastic increase in playing time.

A view of the new score board from beneath the bleachers, near the locker rooms.

Go Gladiators!