A view of the new Mission Wall and lobby area (left) and an architectural rendering of the same space in the planning stage (right).An architectural rendering of the planned new lobby area. To the left is the new main entrance doors. The view to the right is down the new wing, with new classrooms, a black box theatre and an auxiliary gym.
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Building the Vision - Frequently Asked Questions

1. What will be built as a part of this project?
2. What is the total square footage of the expansion?
3. When will this project start and finish?
4. Why is this project necessary at this time?
5. How will the project impact the daily life of the school?
6. Is this project approved by the Diocese and City of Raleigh?
7. Will this plan allow for more expansion in the future?
8. Will more parking spaces be allocated?
9. Will enrollment increase as a result of this project?
10. What is the projected cost of this project?
11. How will this project be funded?
12. Will a capital campaign be conducted to pay for the project?
13. Will tuition increase as a result of this project?
14. What was the process used to determine the needs of the school?
15. How were the architect and contractor selected?
16. What committees are leading the process?

 1. What will be built as a part of this project?

Classrooms & Media Center

  • 10 new classrooms (including a new Digital Media classroom, and an expandable classroom for larger presentations)
  • Retrofit 2 current classrooms to create science labs
  • In Media Center: addition of welcome lobby, office and windows; relocation and reconfiguration of main computer room.

Academic & administrative

  • New faculty and staff work area, lounge, meeting rooms and resource storage
  • New Main Office reception area
  • New College Counseling office and meeting suite
  • Learning Commons in new classroom wing
  • New Administrative offices

Fine Arts

  • 2 new visual arts rooms, darkroom, kiln room, and office (replace existing rooms)
  • 2 new music rooms, 2 soundproofed practice rooms, and storage (replaces existing rooms)
  • New dance studio (in addition to existing dance room)
  • New black box theatre

Athletics

  • New auxiliary gymnasium
  • New weight room
  • New wrestling/cheerleading room
  • Installation of locker and storage space to existing weight and wrestling rooms

Exterior

  • Creation of “academic quad” within the classroom wings
  • Creation of “campus green” with more defined seating and gathering space
  • Improved entrance and drop off area
  • New courtyard area outside of Visual Arts classrooms

Miscellaneous

  • Addition of sprinkler system to entire existing building
  • Addition of 3 bathroom facilities, and relocation and update of 1 bathroom facility
  • Reconfiguration of emergency exits 
 2. What is the total square footage of the expansion?

Interior space will be increased by 67,000 square feet, bringing the school to a total of 204,000 square feet. Additionally, a significant amount of additional interior space will be updated and enhanced, including the addition of a fire protection sprinkler system throughout the building.

Exterior spaces in the front of the school (the “campus green”) and the newly enclosed space within the classroom wings (the “academic quad”) will be redesigned and upgraded as well.

 3. When will this project start and finish?

The project is scheduled to start in January 2012, and completed by August 2013. Some new facilities may become available for use prior to August, 2013.

An All-School Mass and Groundbreaking with Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge, Bishop of Raleigh, is scheduled for February 2, 2012.

 4. Why is this project necessary at this time?

Prudent planning and stewardship by the school’s Board of Trustees has ensured that the school is in a financial position to assume a new loan without necessitating an increase in tuition or other fees to pay for the construction.

After a strategic planning process in 2006, Cardinal Gibbons identified facility expansion and modernization as key to support 21st century learning and continued academic excellence. Additionally, the current school building's systems, including heat, electricity, HVAC boilers etc. are aging. The school has not undergone a renovation since 2003.

 5. How will the project impact the daily life of the school?

The construction project has been scheduled in phases, to have the minimal impact on classes and co-curricular activities. Included in the project is the installation of fire protection sprinklers throughout the building, and that work will largely be scheduled for school breaks, evenings and weekends.

 6. Is this project approved by the Diocese and City of Raleigh?

Yes. All necessary approvals have been gained from the Diocese and City of Raleigh.

 7. Will this plan allow for more expansion in the future?

Yes. As a part of the strategic planning process, and Diocesan approval process, the school created a larger site plan that can accommodate additional building that will integrate well with the existing building.

The project addresses all of the recommendations set forth in our Strategic Plan to enable Cardinal Gibbons to continue to provide exceptional academics and service to its students now and well into the future. The expansion, which underscores our mission, will ensure that Cardinal Gibbons students will continue to have the skills and values to thrive in tomorrow’s workforce.

 8. Will more parking spaces be allocated?

The school will gain only a small number of additional spaces at the completion of the project. Based upon study by outside consultants, it was determined that opportunities for a significant increase in parking spaces would be cost prohibitive at this time.

 9. Will enrollment increase as a result of this project?

The school building project has been designed primarily to meet the needs of the current size of the student body, both in academic and co-curricular program needs. The financial planning for the building project does not include a significant increase in enrollment.

 10. What is the projected cost of this project?

The overall projected cost of the project is $15.5 million.

 11. How will this project be funded?

The project will be funded by three sources: individual donations, the school’s cash on hand, and a building loan.

 12. Will a capital campaign be conducted to pay for the project?

The school will not conduct a traditional capital campaign. We are grateful for the leadership support that has helped make this building project possible. It is our hope that parents, alumni and friends of the school will continue to support the school through our annual fund program, the Cardinal Gibbons Fund. The fund assists us with all aspects of the school including providing need-based financial assistance, supporting academic programs, and supplementing co-curricular opportunities. The Building the Vision construction program will allow for continued growth in our academic and co-curricular programs, and the support of the Cardinal Gibbons Fund will allow the school to maintain excellence and accessibility to those new programs.

 13. Will tuition increase as a result of this project?

The Board of Trustees’ prudent stewardship has allowed payoff of our original building loan before starting a loan for the new construction so that tuition increases will not be impacted by this construction project.

 14. What was the process used to determine the needs of the school?

 The beginning of the process started with the school’s strategic planning process in 2006 and the creation of Blueprint for Our Future. Starting with that process, which included discussions with faculty, staff, students, parents, alumni, friends of the school and members of the larger community, the clear need for additional space to accommodate our growing programs was identified as a priority for our school. In 2010, the Board of Trustees formally approved the exploration and initiation of a formal approval process with the Diocese and City of Raleigh.

 15. How were the architect and contractor selected?

The selection of the architect and the general contractor were conducted through a request for letters of interest, and a subsequent interview and review process by two separate committees.

 16. What committees are leading the process?

The school’s Board of Trustees, Leadership Team, and Building Committee, in conjunction with the Diocese of Raleigh, are leading the Building the Vision program.

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