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South Jordan Journal

New look for Bingham High media center, offices to welcome back students

Sep 08, 2022 01:47PM ● By Josh Mc Fadden

By Julie Slama | [email protected]

When students returned to class at Bingham High, they likely had to do a U-turn to find the school office.

As part of phase four of the remodeling project at Bingham, the office was moved to the front of the school so patrons can get assistance when they arrive.

This phase, which also included upgrading the counseling offices, media center and lighting, cost just under $9 million dollars, said Sandy Riesgraf, Jordan School District director of communications.

“Everything will be finished before school begins except for some work remaining in the media center,” she said.

Crews also continued to replace older galvanized water lines, which was much of the goal in refurbishing the 47-year-old school. 

After renovation began in summer 2019, former Bingham High Principal Christen Richards-Khong said it was a relief.

“If a pipe breaks, we’d wet vac up the spot and try to clean it up,” she said. “It was inconvenient, a persistent nuisance, and not great for morale. Now, with the remodel, teachers and students can see the building freshened up with upgrades, lights and paint and it’s already making a positive difference.”

The May 2019 official pipe-breaking ceremony started off the five phases of renovation, with the first phase focusing on science and math areas getting new water lines, LED lighting, new data lines, heating and air conditioning upgrades and new carpet. The phase also included a complete renovation of the band room and expanded square footage in the music rooms and an update to the small theatre, fondly named the Copper Pit.

Since then, the improvements have stretched from adding data lines to skylights on the second floor.  Last year, the upstairs level was remodeled and the auditorium was renovated with new audio-visual equipment, new house and stage lights and new seats.

“It is a huge phase of the remodel for this old place,” current Principal Rodney Shaw said then.

The final phase, which will focus on the athletics area of the school, will be completed next summer pending Jordan Board of Education’s approval, Riesgraf said.