“It is an opportunity to provide a home for the creativity, inspiration, and collaboration essential to exceptional Catholic secondary education,” Principal Jason D. Curtis said on January 11 when announcing the Building the Vision construction project.
The $15.5 million project, which is slated to begin construction later this month, will expand and enhance the current 13-year-old school building. Along with renovations and improvements to the existing structure, 67,000 square feet of new space will be built, increasing the size of the school to 204,000 square feet.
The project has received final approval from the Diocese and the City of Raleigh. It calls for several new facilities and gathering spaces that will strengthen Cardinal Gibbons’ already impressive academic, arts, and athletic programs, and promote even more student and family participation. Learn details about the project. Review FAQs.
The start of the project comes after six years of planning and is in line with the school’s Strategic Plan. That plan identified facility expansion and modernization as key to support 21st century learning and continued academic excellence now and well into the future.
Comments about the building expansion announcement from students, faculty, staff and parents have been positive.
“The feeling of welcome that has always been unique to Cardinal Gibbons will only increase as a result of this expansion as will student, faculty, and parent involvement,” Alison Bernhardt, Co-President of the Cardinal Gibbons Family Association said. “By increasing student participation, Gibbons is developing and preparing our children to be successful leaders. In this case everyone wins.”
“The expansion,” said Annetta San Diego ’13, “will provide the perfect environment to nurture the spirit of faith, service, and leadership for the entire Gibbons community.”
Dance Instructor Brooks Owens added: “This project further displays our school’s continued commitment to and support of students. With the arts being the first to go with budget cuts at some schools, it is so refreshing to have an administration that recognizes how important the arts are for our students.” Read more comments.
The new additions are being designed by Ratio Architects of Raleigh to blend seamlessly with the existing school. The general contractor is the local Clancy and Theys Construction Company which constructed the existing school building.
Construction will take place in phases and during the summer and on holidays to minimize disruptions to the academic schedule and daily life of the school. Completion is slated for August 2013.
On February 2, there will be a groundbreaking ceremony on campus to unveil the expansion project to the school leadership.