Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce
The Chamber staff had the opportunity last week to tour Catholic Central’s first major building project since it opened in 1957. The $7 million expansion included a new building addition located in the rear of the existing campus and a chapel in front on East High Street.
The 41,000-square-foot construction project, which brings grades 3 through 12 under one campus, is an impressive investment for those families who choose a private Catholic education opportunity for their children.
The expanded campus features a beautiful open atrium filled with great views and nice furnishings. It also offers 13 new classrooms which include a new computer lab, art room, weight room and administrative offices.
A new auxiliary gymnasium can be used for practices and elementary and junior high volleyball and basketball games. Unfinished space located in the lower level can be built out over time as a science lab or be used for extra classroom space.
The new addition also includes the latest technologies available to enhance the classroom experience, as well as provides added security for the expanded campus. In addition to new smart boards for the elementary wing, each teacher in the upper classes will be able to share their computer screen with their students via a 70-inch flat screen television. The building also has controlled access points, closed circuit cameras in the hallway areas, and card readers and a video/release system located near the new entrance.
The chapel that will be located on the front side of the building is currently under construction and is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year.
It takes people who believe in the vision and mission of a school to make a significant project like this one happen. The campaign leadership for this extensive project included Jim and Helen Simonton, Patrick Field, Pete and Sandy Hackett, and Jimmy and Mary Lou Sheehan. The architect/builder team on the project was Sharp McCall and Kapp Construction. John Paulson served as project manager for the school.
This beautiful addition at Catholic Central serves as another example of how belief in a vision for the future can translate into a $7 million project that will better serve the administration, faculty, and students who participate in this private educational opportunity for decades to come.
The public is invited to attend a ribbon cutting and open house this Thursday, August 14 at 4:30 p.m. For more information visit Catholic Central’s Website at www.ccirish.org.
Have a Great Chamber Day!