Construction booms at Gophers' new den
Dozens of workers buzzed around the second phase of construction at Gresham High School, which will give students a big new gym and light-filled library, as well as other features.
"It's busy today," said Jason Bhear, assistant principal, pointing out the features on a tour of the work in progress at the construction site.
Phase two of the massive construction project on the north end of the high school includes the gym, library, counseling and administrative offices, four new classrooms and more.
The counseling and administrative offices, three vocational classrooms and a leadership classroom, along with the library, computer lab and a courtyard, will be open when students start school in the fall of 2020.
The new gym, which borders Main Avenue, and about two-thirds of the student commons, should be finished in February, about 11 months from now. It will seat 1,600 people and contain two full basketball courts. The weight room on the second floor of the gym will include a turf area for tire and sled workouts and a 40-yard dash track.
There will also be a new women's locker room.
The Gophers are already attending classes in the 54 new classrooms, including a band room, choir room and black box theater completed in phase one of the construction at the more southern end of the school.
The snazzy new auditorium at the corner of Main Avenue and Division Street will host its first performance, a choir concert, in April.
The new auto shop is also open and teaching students repair skills.
About 70% of the old high school at 1200 N. Main Ave. is being replaced in the remodel.
The main entrance to the school has been flipped from Main Avenue to what was the back of the school.
The new building honors the old one, which was designed, built and decorated with sculptures and iron work in 1940 by craftsmen from the Works Progress Administration.
The Gresham High rebuild is being paid for by a $291.2 million bond Gresham-Barlow district voters approved in November 2016.
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