Heelan Gym Goal Met

Construction on Heelan Gym to Start in April
Posted on 03/08/2018
Exterior Architects Sketch

Bishop Heelan High School is building its planned gym! The $3 million fundraising goal to build a 1600-seat gymnasium onto the new high school has been met, school leaders announced today. A groundbreaking is expected to take place next month for completion by December.

“We are thrilled to deliver this news to our Heelan family and the broader Siouxland community,” said Bishop Heelan’s Interim CEO, Timm Funk. “We are blessed with dedicated benefactors who support our faith-based mission, student achievement in academics and fine arts and Heelan's tradition of outstanding athletics.”

Heelan’s new gymnasium will be home to volleyball, basketball, wrestling and could possibly host district tournaments. It also will offer physical education classes, school pep assemblies, special programs, show choir competition, major student service projects and other activities.

The gym’s top-loading design means people will enter at the top and descend steps to sit in the bleachers.

Other features include:
• A running and walking track
• Finished boys and girls locker rooms
• Coaches Offices
• Officials locker rooms
• Athletic training and first aid room
• Athletic equipment storage

Tom Betz, executive director of advancement, said that after years of active fundraising, Heelan can now see light at the end of the tunnel.

“We are now officially in the home stretch and able to shift our focus from the gymnasium to raising the final half million dollars needed to complete a strength and conditioning facility which will be adjacent to the gymnasium,” he said.

The gym represents the third construction phase of Heelan's $30 million high school. After years of PRIDE Campaign fundraising, the $15 million fine arts section opened in 2014 and the $12 million academic classroom addition opened for classes Jan. 8.