The Webster City School Board took a tour of the new construction at the high school on Monday. While the board toured sites currently being renovated, such as the wrestling room and existing gym, they walked the blueprinted areas for the competition gyms, hallways and lobbies.
Gerald Peterson of Peterson Construction said that local residents have been quite interested in the ongoing construction.
"Everybody is out here for sporting events, seeing what has been going on," he said. While block has been laid for the walls of the competition gym, Peterson said that it will be comparable to what larger school districts have built.
The new competition gym at the high school begins to take shape.
"It will be comparable to Class 4A schools' facilities, but we are the first of the Class 3A's to start building a gym of this caliber," he said. The court will be collegiate-sized, with burnished block on the outer walls.
He said that it will have 2,255 seats while Jefferson Gym has roughly 1,500.
"Of those seats, 211 will be stadium seating with backs," Peterson said. "Those will be in three sections in the first eight rows of the home-side only. The bleacher seats will have much more leg room than those at Jefferson Gym."
The exterior of the building will have metal panels, stone block, brick and translucent panels at the top perimeter.
Gerald Peterson and Joel Peterson said that the existing gym and boys' locker rooms will be finished before the start of the 2011-2012 school year. They said that they are hoping for a May 2012 completion for the rest of the new existing addition.
"We are pleased with how everybody is cooperating with us," Joel Peterson said. "It's a big project and we have taken up what has forever been the entrance of the high school and are having people use the Lynx Avenue entrance instead. We appreciate their continued patience until we get through this. In the end, it will be just a great facility."