After the ceremonial Groundbreaking on June 20, 2019, ground preparations, demolitions, and excavation began in earnest. We note that The Ursuline School seal was carefully removed from the floor of the lobby and preserved in the staging area. The JB Commons pavers and the senior path were also safeguarded.
The first concrete was poured on October 1, 2019. Foundation walls were then formed. The second concrete pour was on October 28, 2019. The next exciting step was the steel beams going up, before Thanksgiving. The steel decking was mounted. On January 14, 2020 the cement floor was poured and cement steps were formed; later that month the roof trusses were installed. In February 2020, the roof was put in place and the new spaces began to be enclosed.
In March 2020, we closed the campus in line with COVID-19 directives and we transitioned to distance learning. The absence of students presented an advantage in terms of this project. The construction work originally scheduled for summer was accelerated to begin in April 2020. Although struggling with delays in manufacturing and the effects of the virus on many trades, the work that could be expedited was begun.
Over the summer, as deliveries of materials resumed, the interior took shape. Windows, flooring, and cabinetry were installed. The green roof was installed in early September 2020. That vegetation will absorb rainwater, purify the air, and reduce the ambient temperature. The Innovation Hub is almost ready for the placement of the laser cutters, microcontrollers, and writable walls which students will use to create many projects.
The Christina Jun Murphy '22 Commons was completed in time for the beginning of classes in September 2020. Tremendous progress took place in the other spaces as well. Very soon, all who enter the Kulsar – McCarthy Lobby and Welcome Center will enjoy the state-of-the-art bright space. We look forward to greeting prospective families in the Ann Clemente Admissions Suite that includes the Verni Family Conference Room. The expanded bookstore will surely be popular. Walking along the Nasti Family Corridor, students will be able to enter the High-Tech Media Conference Center to travel virtually or rehearse for speech competitions. Classes will also be conducted in this seminar-style room. The Maalouf Family Collaborative Workspace will be ready for faculty meetings or project work by students. The Administrative wing will feature modern offices and the Mary Louise & William McCarthy Main Office where school business can be handled efficiently.
On September 13, 2020, Msgr. Keane blessed the new learning and social spaces. Students are now enjoying the Christina Jun Murphy '22 Commons. Everyone is excited to use the other new spaces as they are completed!
Please enjoy the PHOTOS below and
the May 2020 VIDEO that shows the exciting progress to that point!
Please click on the image below to watch the video or Click HERE.