Members of the Beaver Dam Chamber of Commerce toured Beaver Dam High School Tuesday morning to observe construction progress at the school.
CG Schmidt Senior Project Manager Michael Dietrich said between 100-110 workers are at the school daily in order to complete the project on time.
Voters approved a referendum in November 2016 that provides $48.9 million in improvements in the school district, including remodeling most of the high school, except the science rooms, which were remodeled in 2013.
Construction began in the summer of 2017, and work continued throughout the school year. Over the summer months, the big push is to finish the project so the building will be complete when teachers return on Aug. 27 to get their classrooms ready before the first day of school.
District Superintendent Mark DiStefano said an open house will be held for the community on Sept. 22, the Saturday before Homecoming week.
The Chamber members who attended the breakfast met in the new commons area of the high school. The Beaver Dam Chamber holds breakfast network sessions about once a month.
There were four groups of about 10 each who walked through the various areas of the school.
A color coding system on the walls is being added, Beaver Dam School Board member JoAnne Tyjeski said.
“The colors will make it easier to find things,” Tyjeski said.
The students will have all new lockers when they return to school in the fall, Tyjeski said.
The old entry of the school will look different, Dietrich said. There will be a small courtyard in front of the former main doors of the school.
The music area of the school has proven to be the most challenging for construction, with some hidden surprises in the former stage area that had been connected to the south gym.
“We are a little bit behind in the band and music area,” Tyjeski said.