On November 1, just over a year after breaking ground, Kaiser Electric celebrated the opening of Fr. Tolton Catholic High School — Columbia, Mo.’s first Catholic high school.

Kaiser Electric installed the $10 million, 60,000-sq-ft school’s electrical system, which included a 2,000A service, interior and exterior lighting, lighting controls, pole lights, fire alarm, security system, and a gymnasium sound system. 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 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; with grade 11 to be added in 2012 and grade 12 the following year.