Collinsville, Oklahoma
September 9, 2015
CHS Gym(s) Construction
Existing CHS Gym Has Air Conditioning And Expanded Seating
New Gym Also
There is still plenty of finishing work to be done before the "existing" Collinsville High School gymnasium is available for student use, but the two most visible changes are the air conditioning duct work (along with the already cool air) and the large opening on the west end (which has been a stage and chorus room in recent history). The open area behind the west basket will be a spectator area. A portable stage has been ordered and is expected to arrive in October. There will also be new seats added courtside on the south side. Work also continues in the overhauled locker rooms under both sides. This gym was originally completed in the spring of 1969. Collinsville's original gym was built in 1925, but burned down in 1983. The Middle School gym was built in ~1984, the Herald gym in 1997, and the Upper Elementary gym was just completed this August 2015.
Inside the existing CHS gym.
Construction continues inside the new CHS gym which will have limited seating. This gym is to the west of the new commons which will be shared by both gyms for concessions. The second gym will allow multiple teams to practice concurrently and also allow JrHi and varsity game and/or both boys and girls games concurrently for basketball and volleyball as well as plays and assemblies. The middle school and upper elementary gyms allow additional combinations and variations.
Another improvement at the high school is a new parking area to the north of the high school (between the track and football practice field). The portion closest to the new commons (for food delivery trucks) is concrete with the remainder asphalt. Parking and entry for gymnasium events will be a bit different with the new gym/commons configuration ... check back for details as those plans are refined.

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