Central Catholic High School construct the first new building on its Oakland campus in 35 years when it breaks ground on a new state-of-the-art STEM facility on property it bought recently.
The Catholic boys' school purchased six row houses on South Neville Street along what was previously the perimeter of the school campus. Those houses will be demolished on Wednesday to make room for the new science, technology, engineering and math facility, which will sit across the quadrangle from the main school building.
The school has been implementing a STEM curriculum in the past two years and the new facility will give Central Catholic an opportunity to expand and enhance that curriculum with state-of-art equipment, said Eric Starkowicz, director of marketing and communication.
The campus has three buildings, the main school, the gymnasium and the Christian Brothers House, where faculty members reside and student art classes are held.
While the campus has undergone numerous renovations since the school opened in 1927, the last new building constructed was the gymnasium in 1978.
Mr. Starkowicz said groundbreaking for the STEM building is set tentatively for spring. Architects' plans are still being drawn up.
"We don't know what it will look like yet, but I'm sure the outside architecture will look like our other buildings, but internally it will be a lot more modern," Mr. Starkowicz said.
No completion date has been set.
Mr. Starkowicz said he could not comment on funding for the project
Central Catholic has 870 students in grades 9-12.
Mary Niederberger: email@example.com or 412-263-1590. First Published October 16, 2013 8:05 PM