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Catholic Central Welcomes Students (2)

As kids all over the area were preparing to go back to school, the 3rd-12th graders at Catholic Central were as excited as ever to start the year on one campus, with the high school students learning their way around a new, two-story, 15-classroom wing added to the rear of the existing building. The project also featured a new multi-purpose room that will be used as an auxiliary gymnasium and cafeteria for the elementary students, administrative space, renovated locker rooms, weight room, and a beautiful new entrance for the athletic facilities and spirit shop. Construction is currently underway to renovate the High Street entrance, adding a chapel and accessible entrance. The second phase of the project is scheduled for completion this winter.

The high school addition was located on a challenging topographical site, and with its proximity to the existing school building much precaution had to be taken on the job site. Kapp Construction was chosen because of its experience with church and school construction, as well as its expertise with multi-phase projects with tight schedules requiring continuous operations in the facility. Paired with McCall Sharp Architecture, the design-build team worked efficiently, providing the best local talent to the project.

The 34,500-square-foot addition was completed in 12 months, one month ahead of schedule, despite a brutal Midwestern winter. Using a steel frame structure allowed erection to continue through the coldest part of the winter, minimizing the need for tenting and heating large areas.

When asked about their satisfaction with the project, Pete Dunlap, president/CEO of Catholic Central School, said it best: “From designing the construction schedule around our school schedule, to the attention to detail in creating a safe environment with the children in mind, it was a great experience working side-by-side with both McCall Sharp Architecture and Kapp Construction.”