Bishop-Garrigan High School – Algona, IA


Algona, IA
General Contractor:
Dean Synder Construction
Bergland + Cram
Raker Rhodes
Bishop Garrigan Schools


The new, year-long project, $3 million addition for Bishop-Garrigan High School in Algona, is coming to its end with project completion scheduled for August 2015.

The 18,000 SF addition will add a gymnasium, additional class and office space, two new locker rooms, and a new entry onto the existing school. When finished, the new gymnasium will have seating for 1,000 people.

For this project, Wells Concrete placed 36 pieces for a total of 13,885 SF that included up to 13’ wide x 32’-8” tall panels, weighing approximately 47,500 pounds. The panels were a 6”-4”-3” wythe configuration with an R-value of 20.8 and the building size was 102’-6” x 110’. The panels were load bearing for 110’ roof joists and incorporated cast in electrical units.

The owner and architects were looking for a high contrast look so an orange acid etch finish with dark water wash accent bands was provided. The black granite aggregate contrasted highly from the orange matrix so when the matrix was washed away you get the desired high contrast look.

Bishop Garrigan High School is a private school that serves 172 coed students in grades 9-12 and is Roman Catholic in orientation. The school belongs to the National Catholic Educational Association.

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