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An inside look at Bishop Heelan's new fine arts building

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The Sertoma Club of Sioux City, along with school officials, got a look at how construction is going at Bishop Heelan's new fine arts building.

"Being able to watch the progress and how quickly this project has come together has really been eye opening and rather amazing," Bishop Heealn High School Principal Chris Bork said.

When students first walk in they'll be in the commons area, and right down the hall will be their place of worship.

"Kind of the crown jewel of the project, which is the chapel. So, the chapel area, which we're standing in right now has stained glass windows from the existing school that we'll refurbish and will be reincorporated into the school," Project Manager, with W.A. Klinger, Kevin Hodgson said.

Hodgson said the new building followed a faith-based design.

"The auditorium actually has 634 seats and has several ornate pieces with crosses in the walls. We'll have crosses in the railings," Hodgson said.

Hodgson said one of the most unique rooms in the building is the drama room because it's connected to the makeup room and the scene prep room, and in just a few steps students will be out on the stage ready to perform.

"They can utilize the stage area as part of the classroom if they want to," Hodgson said.

Hodgson said the new building also offers a vocal room, art room and, band room, just to name a few. This space is something the school's principal said is much-needed.

"We have wonderful fine arts and students and dedicated teachers,and being able to offer them something that we don't currently have, being able to offer them an auditorium and improving their learning spaces is super exciting," Bork said.

The principal added how even though the building is brand new, the spirit of Bishop Heelan will come across the street with them.

Construction is on schedule for the new building that's set to open in August.

School officials said the new fine arts building cost $15-million, but it's just the first phase of the project.

Phase 2 would include classrooms, and a gymnasium, connected to the fine arts building.

Principal Chris Bork said no date has been set to start work on this second phase.

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