The countdown for the completion of the new Mt. Si High School is ticking. Phase one of the school is one year away from being finished. According to project manager, Clint Marsh, everything is running perfectly on schedule.
Scheduled to open fall of 2019, the main buildings of the school will be completely finished. Phase one will allow all students and staff to move into the new buildings. Phase two will consist of demolishing the old buildings and creating a new performing arts center.
There are approximately 160 construction workers on site daily, all carefully organized to avoid overlaps and cost overruns. As of Aug. 15, the 400-car garage is near completion, the insulation and air/moisture weather barriers in buildings A and B are complete. For a detailed description of the construction progress, visit the Facility Planning and Construction page on the district website.
The new MSHS will house up to 2,300 students. The building is designed for advanced security with few entry points, allowing students access through their ID cards. Visitors will have access to the front office, but will require a secure check procedure before receiving access to other areas.
Classrooms will have large exterior windows, allowing maximum natural light. Classrooms will also have large interior windows that look onto the wide hallways that lead to “break out spaces,” designed for student groups.
The new gymnasium is split among two levels. The lower main gym can be split off into three basketball courts. The new bleachers will hold up to 2,400 people. The main gym includes locker rooms, a weight room, a sports medicine room, a training room and coaches/teachers offices. The upstairs gym is the equivalent of two basketball courts and has an attached mat room where wrestlers, gymnasts and cheerleaders can train.
Next February, the current auxiliary gym will be demolished to allow workers to install underground plumbing and electrical connections to the main buildings. Marsh said he is beyond confident phase one will be completed by the 2019-2020 school year, with the new performing arts center to be completed by the end of the 2019-2020 school year.