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New complex to offer students state-of-the-art facilities
March 2, 2012 (La Mesa)--Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD) and Helix Charter High School officials celebrated the groundbreaking of the school’s new performing arts complex on Wednesday, Feb. 29. The 34,000-square-foot complex will feature a 410-seat theatre, a Black Box for theater in the round, dance studio, recital rooms, costume shop and scene shop for performing arts students. The renovations also include new digital music labs, and classrooms for band and choir students.
Upon completion, the building’s two-story glass entry will anchor the right side of the future main entrance to the campus. The new administration building and gymnasium foyer will complete the transition of the new campus entry once they are built. The new complex will also be more accessible to all students with new parking and American with Disabilities Act (ADA) upgrades.
Helix Charter High School also recently received renovations to the interior and exterior of two other classroom buildings on campus. Buildings 400 and 500 were modernized inside and out with 18 new classrooms including culinary arts with eight cooking stations, a special education suite and new technology throughout the buildings.  
Wednesday’s groundbreaking ceremony featured a performance by the Helix Highlander Bagpipers and opening remarks from Rani Goyal, executive director of Helix Charter High School. GUHSD Superintendent Ralf Swenson, Helix Charter High School Board Chairman Brian Kick and GUHSD Governing Board President Rob Shield also gave remarks at the event.  

Construction of the performing arts complex is set to complete in May 2013 and is part of the Proposition U bond program passed by East County voters in 2008. The project team for the performing arts complex includes program manager Gafcon, Inc., architect LPA, Inc., general contractor Summit Builders and construction manager Turner Construction.  

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