Kaiser Electric Completes Work on First Catholic High School in Columbia, Mo.

Kaiser Electric Completes Work on First Catholic High School in Columbia, Mo.

Occupancy sensors installed in each room, eight-speaker surround sound system in gym

On Nov. 1, just over a year after breaking ground, crews from Kaiser Electric graduated from the construction site of Fr. Tolton Catholic High School — the first Catholic high school in Columbia, Mo., to welcome students for the first day of class.

Kaiser Electric crews installed the $10 million school's electrical system, which included a 2,000A service, interior and exterior lighting, lighting controls, pole lights, fire alarm, security system and gymnasium sound system. The 60,000-square-foot high school is located at U.S. 63 and Gans Road.

The three-story school includes a gymnasium with basement, library with computer room, cafeteria, art room, band room, chapel and 16 classrooms. Future expansion of the school and its third floor include a kitchen, additional classrooms, baseball and football fields, and a running track.

Energy-efficient electrical options wired into the new school include occupancy sensors in every room and a lighting control system. Additionally, Kaiser crews wired each classroom for future smart boards and wireless computer networks, plus an eight-speaker surround sound system in the gymnasium. The chapel was also wired with a dimming system and indirect lighting was installed in the classrooms.

The new school opened to ninth- and tenth-grade students on Nov. 1; grade 11 will be added in 2012 and grade 12 the following year. Construction on the school was funded by private donations.

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