DUBUQUE, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) The halls at Dubuque Senior High School haven't been filled with teachers and students the past few months; they've been filled with construction workers.
Dubuque Community School District Assistant Manager for Buildings and Grounds Charlie Clasen said, "we got a lot done over the summer, we've got a long ways to go, but we're making progress "
About 200 construction workers are putting finishing touches on some big projects before students come back, like the courtyard which was filled with the new cafeteria, including a serving area and kitchen, and a library.
"We took about 70% of the courtyard away," Clasen said.
The new administration wing will also be finished at the start of the school year. That has office space, as well as a common area with restrooms and concession areas for Nora Gymnasium.
Students will likely notice that these new additions are cooler than most of the school.
"Every part of construction that was touched will be air conditioned," Clasen said.
Although some projects will be done when students get back, some will just be getting started, like the new practice gym.
"We'll have the new gym and there's a bunch of interior second floor that has to be completed yet while students are in school."
The current practice gym, called the "small gym," will be transformed into classrooms.
The old cafeteria and library were also turned into classrooms.
Clasen says the entire project should be finished by the start of the 2018 school year.