Construction in Progress
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 have also been 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 are being installed. The green roof platform now awaits vegetation that 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. Progress has been made on the Christina Jun Murphy '22 Commons social space, the new secure Kulsar - McCarthy Lobby and Welcome Center, the Ann Clemente Admissions Suite, and the high-tech media conference center that will allow for speakers by Zoom and virtual global travel.
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.