8/2/17 – A tour of the Beaver Dam High School campus this week allowed the school board to better visualize the changes that are underway as part of the $49-million-dollar referendum approved by voters in the fall. One of the most striking features currently visible on the site is the placement of the walls of the fieldhouse. The athletic facility with five, full-sized basketball courts is comprised of 76 concrete panels weighing up to 80-thousand pounds that are ten-inches deep, 12-feet wide and – in some places – as high as 43-feet tall. Senior Project Manager Michael Dietrich with general contractor CG Schmidt says the precast installation started on Friday and should wrap up today or tomorrow. The fieldhouse closely abuts the fence along the south end of the football field and track. Director of Human Resources Mark DiStefano says while the fieldhouse will be close to the track, the grading will be flat so the access walkway will still be available. The fieldhouse will be accessible through a commons area that will be located at the main entrance, which is being moved from the Gould Street to the eastside of the building near what was formerly called the circle parking lot. DiStefano says from a practicality of use and a security standpoint, the commons area is an ideal situation. He says from the moment a person walks in, they will be able to access not only the fieldhouse but also the administrative offices to the right, the performing arts auditorium to the left, the cafeteria in the middle and down a short hallway the academic wing begins. The fieldhouse and commons area are expected to be completed by the end of the Christmas break.