October 20, 2010

Bro. Jim Wiegand, SDB, Bishop Dennis Sullivan, Bro. Jim's sister Sr. Martha Wiegand, and Fr. Patrick Angelucci, SDB
at the Dedication Ceremony

Opening Day
The new gym on the morning of Dedication Day.   (Oct. 20, 2010)

Ready for Open House
The new gym is looking pretty complete as Open House approaches.  This will be one of the first events when the new gym will be open to the public.   (Oct. 15, 2010)

First Event in the New Gym
On Wednesday, September 29, 2010, students were able to go into and use the new gym for the first time.  On this day, Salesian High School conducted its first retreat day for the entire school.  Students in all four grades attended presentations at four locations and rotated from one presentation to another.  One  presentation took place in the Wrestling Room of the new gym.  Pictures of our ninth grade students, the class of 2014, the first students ever to use the new gym, are shown below.
Racing to the Finish Line
With dedication day set for the end of October, work on the exterior of the gym is coming to an end.  In the picture below, you can see railings installed and lampposts set up.  The new softball backstop can be seen in the lower left.  Some landscaping around the gym is also visible.   (September 15, 2010)

The Floor Goes Down
In early August, workers began laying down the floor boards of the new gym.  Four photos of work on the gym floor are shown below; more pictures of the gym interior can be seen on our Facebook page.  Click on any picture for a larger view.  (August 23, 2010)

Exterior Work
As the focus of the work switches to completing the gym's interior spaces, work continues on the exterior.  Stone and stucco now cover all four walls and moulding to the roof is added.  Doors and windows are all in place and dirt is moved back into place in preparation for landscaping.  (August 10, 2010)

Work Inside the Gym
Work has moved to the inside of the new gym.  There are not many changes to the nearly completed facade.  (July 22, 2010)
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The pictures above show the entrance to the new gym and the hallway through the front door.

The pictures above show the inside of the gym area facing west (at left) and east.

The pictures above show the wrestling room (at left) and one of the shower/locker rooms (at right).
Latest Pictures: Inside the Gym
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Racing to the Finish Line
Work continues at a very fast clip.  In the picture below, work on the facade is almost completed.  With the "old gym" shown at the far right, it's easy to see how the new gym was designed to resemble the "arts-and-crafts" architecture of the old. gym  Although it can't be seen in this picture, work inside the gym is also moving quickly.  The wrestling and conditioning rooms, and the gym offices and locker rooms are all framed.  Sheet rock covers the walls in the gym area and is going up on most other areas.  (July 6, 2010)

New Blacktop
During the night, workers put down a new layer of blacktop, resurfacing the two school parking lots and connecting roads.  It gave the new gym a finished look as the areas around the gym clean up. (June 25, 2010)

Work on the Facade Moves Quickly
Workers continued to complete the new gym's facade.  A course of stones begin to fill the bottom half of the gym facade.  Exterior work continues on the east, west, and north sides of the gym, and curbs were poured.  The entire back parking lot will receive a new layer of blacktop up to this new curb in front of the gym.  (June 22, 2010)

The Facade Takes Shape
Work on the gym facade is is moving very quickly.  The poured cement entry stairway and ramp are shown below the entry porch.  The west side of the building (far left) is in the process of being closed up.  A gigantic crane loaded the air-conditioning units over the roof and through the only large opening left, on the gym's east side at the end of the retaining wall (far right).  (June 18, 2010)

Take a Peek Inside
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Details Emerge
The picture below shows details added to the gym exterior.  Styrofoam forms above the window spaces recreate the "Arts-and-Crafts" architectural elements of the old gymnasium.  After several layers of stucco were applied to the Styrofoam, workers began to paint the areas of the exterior walls that are finished (the beige area at the center - refer to the artist's rendering at the bottom of the page).  Workers can also be seen building the form for the concrete steps up to the main gym door.  At the far right, the completed retaining wall can also be seen behind the Japanese Maple tree.  (June 11, 2010)

The Pace Picks Up
In the picture below, workers can be seen applying Styrofoam panels to the upper walls of the gym building.  Also shown  (the gray area in the center) is the first layer of stucco applied over the Styrofoam panels.  You can also see the opening on the north side of the gym (far left in the photo) that allows big machinery to enter.  (June 8, 2010)

Change of Plans
With the Tyvek removed from the top of the gym building, workers applied a sealant coat (the pinkish color) and then began applying a layer of Styrofoam panels.  (June 5, 2010)

All Wrapped Up
As spring turned into the hot and sticky month of June, workers began wrapping the gym building in protective Tyvek and adding the porch-like entry way.  It cannot be seen, but the gym floor was also poured and workers have begun building interior walls.  (June 2, 2010)

A Building Emerges
As the gloomy spring continued, workmen completed installing the insulation panels.  For the first time, the new gym appears as a solid structure on our campus.  Many students first notice that the gym is almost the size of the entire school building.  At the right of the picture can also be seen the machinery used to pour the cement retaining wall on the east side of the gym.  (May 25, 2010)

Walls Begin To Go Up
On a rainy day, May 18, 2010, workmen began applying base insulation panels to the aluminum studs.  (May 19, 2010)

Walls and Windows Appear
By mid May, workmen added aluminum studs to the upper walls of the new gym.  It's becoming easier and easier to visualize the new structure on our campus.  (May 14, 2010)

A Ring of Steel
By early May, workmen install and weld together steel embedded into the top of the cinder block walls to reinforce them.  Note also at the right  metal studs installed, creating the far right wall of the gym.  The form for the front entrance steps and ramp have also been poured and can be seen at the door opening at the right.  (May 6, 2010)

Walls Surround the Gym
Workmen continued a course of cinder block around the bottom half of the new gym.  The cinder block will back the stucco which will make up the bottom half of the exterior walls (see the architect's rendering below).  Note also that workers inserted insulation beneath the roof rafters.  (April 24, 2010)

The Walls Begin to Rise
Right after the roof was completed, workmen began laying cinder blocks and the new gym walls began to appear.  (April 20, 2010)

Raising the Roof!
By mid-April the gym roof was completed.  During the Easter break, electricity was brought to the gym structure.  (Note the green electrical box in the lower left.)  Water pipes began to appear and, when this picture was taken, workers were hanging the pipes for the sprinkler system from the underside of the roof.  (April 17, 2010)

The Frame Fills In
During the month of March, workers continued adding steel to the gym frame.  By mid-March the roof begins to materialize.  With workers up and all over the roof, the gym work area begins to resemble a circus with trapeze artists.  (March 19, 2010)

The Steel Frame Is Completed
By the beginning of March, workers completed assembling the frame of the new gym.  It is now easy to visualize the new gym and the space it will take up on our campus.  Workers continue to add support beams to the frame, but the parking lot area that was full of steel beams is not almost completely empty.  (March 4, 2010)

The Beams Go Up
During the February Break, workers used cranes to begin the assembly of the gym's steel girders.  (February 19, 2010)

The Steel Arrives
On Friday, February 12, after the biggest snow storm of the season, cranes and flat-bed trucks loaded with steel beams take over the Salesian High parking lot.  Assembly of the gym's outer walls is next!  (February 12, 2010)

"Build Your House on Rock"
Our new gym for the most part is set on rock; you can see the footing of concrete and reinforcing bars in the pictures above and to the left.  The foundation differs in places because of the soil and rock underneath or the load it will have to carry when the gym is done.  An example would be the "stepped footings" found in the lower left of the pictures.  Our gym will have a slab foundation.  In the picture at the left, you can see workers prepare footers that span the building and which will support the floor and stiffen the structure.  The high wall in the back is needed for the air-conditioning units that will be put on the roof.  (February 4-5, 2010)
Technical information courtesy of Fr. Jim Mulloy, SDB
The Foundation Nears Completion

     During the month of January, work on the foundation continued.  A platform was created upon which the new gym will sit.  In the picture above, retaining walls around the back of the gym are being poured.  The platform is filled with packed dirt and workers are currently digging trenches for pipes.  (January 26, 2010)
Work Continues through the Cold Winter
        On December 17, 2009, Salesian High School held a small ceremony at the future site of the Br. Jim Wiegand, SDB, Athletic Center.  The ceremony occurred as the concrete for the foundation of the building was being poured.  Attending, shown above at the left, were Fr. Pat Angelucci, SDB '64, President/ Director, Mr. John Flaherty, Principal, Mr. Chris Beal, Athletic Director, Mr. Steve Sallustio, Advancement Coordinator, Scott Fiorini, Student Council President, and representatives from each class.  Each representative threw a medallion, featuring Jesus, Mary, Don Bosco and Dominic Savio, into the foundation that will be a part of the building forever.
        Despite the coldest winter weather in years and an occasional dusting of snow, work continues at a fast clip on the new gym. as shown above at the right.  By early January of 2010, the footings of the gym's foundation are nearly completed.  (January 8, 2010)
Work Begins Again!
After a bit of a delay, work resumed on the new school gym in December.  The new contractor set up a trailer at the work site, and portable bathrooms - a sure sign that work was to begin again, and workers resumed work on the foundation.  In the pictures below, gravel and rebar are put into place, and the forms are built in preparation for the pouring of the foundation.  In one day this past week, workers cut a trench completely across the property, laid pipe, and covered up the trench by quitting time.  (December 16, 2009)

New Gym Foundation Ready!
By the middle of September, the trench for the foundation was dug out and pounded away from the rock.  (September 17, 2009)

Make Way for the Foundation!
By Friday, August 7th, the space for the new gym's foundation is nearly all cleared away.  (August 7, 2009)

The Big Machines Clear the Land!
By Friday, July 24th, a gap for the new gym's foundation was cut into the rocks and hillside.  (July 24, 2009)

Pounding Away the Rocks!
Monday, July 20th, the big machines attack the rocks to level a space for the new gym's foundation.  (July 20, 2009)
The Digging Begins!
Wednesday, July 15th, the hillside by the old basketball court begins to disappear!  (July 15, 2009)

The Big Trucks Arrive!  The Trees Go!
Early Tuesday morning, July 14, 2009, large trucks arrived on Main Street.  The equipment entered the school property through an opening cut into the white metal fence.  All day trees were cut down, logs loaded onto flat bed trucks, and branches fed into a chipper.  The spot for the gym is now cleared of trees.

At left, giant trucks line up on Main Street in front of the school.

At right, the equipment is off loaded and moves into position to clear the trees off the site.

Below left, the new gym site with trees cut and removed.

Below right, trunks of the trees loaded for removal while the chipper demolishes branches and leaves.

Clearing the Area!
On a rainy Thursday morning, June 11, 2009, the jackhammers and the backhoe arrived to take down the basketball backstops and to begin the digging for the new gym!

Francesco & Luis begin to remove the backstops.

A backhoe digs out the basketball posts.

The work site begins to look busy!
New Gym Plan Approved!
     At their meeting on May 26, 2009, the City of New Rochelle Planning Board unanimously approved Salesian High School's plan for the new gym.  Members of the Premium Point Park Homeowners Association present at the meeting were impressed with Salesian High's eagerness to be a good neighbor and adhere to their requests.

Workers begin to appear at the site of the new gym.
Salesian High School Breaks Ground
on the Br. Jim Wiegand, SDB Athletic Center
Legendary Salesian Basketball Coach Memorialized

     “After months of planning, our long awaited dream to construct a new athletic facility at Salesian High School will finally become a reality,” announced Fr. Patrick Angelucci, SDB, the school’s Director/President. 
     The students, alumni, faculty, administration and representatives of the Salesians of St. John Bosco held a groundbreaking ceremony for the Br. Jim Wiegand, SDB Athletic Center at the site of the new facility on Friday, May 1, 2009 at 9:15 A.M.
     “The new facility will provide much needed space to help meet the spiraling demands of the school’s growing athletic and performing arts programs,” said the school’s Principal John Flaherty.  According to Mr. Flaherty, the facility will not only be a tremendous boost to the sports program; but, it will also help free up some much needed space in the existing gymnasium to house a band room and expand the drama program.
     It is well known that in his 18-year career at Salesian High School (1962-1980), Br. Jim’s athletic program provided a well-rounded, balanced, athletic program that raised school spirit and instilled principles of sportsmanship, competition, and fair play.  His “Eagles” basketball team won a New York State Championship in 1976 as well as an unprecedented eight league championships - 1964, 1965, 1966, 1971, 1972, 1975, 1976, and 1979.  Salesian High School alumni, especially Br. Jim’s former players, have expressed their enthusiastic support and are grateful that Br. Jim’s service to the school, its students and the Athletic Program will be memorialized in such a tangible and meaningful way.
     The Br. Jim Wiegand, SDB Athletic Center is the first free standing building erected on the Salesian High School Campus since the current gymnasium was built in 1927.  Construction is expected to begin in late spring and completion is slated for December 2009.

Shown, above left, at the groundbreaking are the Very Rev. James Heuser, SDB, Salesian Provincial, Br. Jim Wiegand, SDB, Mr. John Flaherty, Principal, and Fr. Patrick Angelucci, SDB, Director/President.  Above right, Fr. Heuser blesses the ground for the new gym assisted by Gregory Rivera '09.

Above left, representatives of the different Salesian High sports teams cheer Br. Jim on as he empties the first shovel full.  Above right, alumni members of Br. Jim's winning basketball teams help to break ground.  Shown below, a group photo of the Salesian High students and alumni assisting with the groundbreaking ceremony.

Salesian High School Announces Construction of a New Gymnasium
At the Thanksgiving school Mass this past November, Salesian High Director/President Fr. Pat Angelucci, surprised everyone by announcing that a NEW GYM will be built for Salesian High students.  It will be located at the site of the outdoor basketball courts, between the school building and what will soon be called the "old gym."  The fifteen thousand square foot building, named after the Salesian’s legendary Basketball Coach and Athletic Hall of Fame inductee Br. James Wiegand, SDB, is designed by The General Steel Corporation and will house a regulation size basketball court, bleacher seating for the entire student body, a wrestling room, a strength and conditioning center, locker/shower facilities and office space.  The architect's renderings of the new gym are shown below.

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