Two years later, construction at Dubuque Senior High finally coming to an end

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DUBUQUE, Iowa, KCRG-TV9 -- Two years of construction and renovations at Dubuque Senior High School are finally coming to an end.

The new practice gym at Dubuque Senior High School. (Allison Wong, KCRG-TV9)

A multi-million dollar project began at the school in August of 2016. The following year, some of the work was finished. At the start of the 2017-2018 school year, students could use the new entrance and administrative wing, common area, cafeteria and library.

However, the project wasn't finished yet. Throughout the year, crews continued to work on a new practice gymnasium and science classrooms.

The new practice gym is located next to Nora Gym, rather than the floor above it. This new gym is larger than the old practice gym. Buildings and Grounds Assistant Manager Charlie Clasen said the old one could hold one volleyball game at at time, while the new one can hold two games at once.

The old practice gym is now the site of four science classrooms.

Meanwhile. the new common area and entrance are getting some finishing touches that have historical significance. Clasen said old wood ceiling tiles donated to the district by the Mozena family are being installed in portions of the ceiling. The family, made up of Senior grads, believes the tiles were created in Dubuque's Millwork District many years ago.

Clasen said he hopes the students will learn the historical value.

"It'll be very educational for them to come in and see the part of history that actually those were produced at the same time Senior was getting started. So there is some history tie in there," Clasen said.

All construction will be done for the start of the school year.

The entire project remained on schedule and on budget. The cost totaled $30 million and was funded by the one cent sales tax.