GREENWICH, Conn. -- Since classes let out in June, construction on the Greenwich Catholic Schools Upper School has been underway, with crews working to renovate and expand the building.
After six weeks, the project is nearing the half-way mark, with an estimated completion by mid-September. The scope of the renovation includes the addition of two classrooms, right-sizing of existing classrooms, renovated American with Disabilities Act compliant bathrooms, a new energy-efficient HVAC system, maintenance free exterior trim, and a new roof.
“The new building will have the greatest impact on our students’ educational experience. Academically, the renovations will allow for a more collaborative learning atmosphere for our middle school students since their classes will now be located in the same space,” said Principal Patrice Kopas. “Teachers will retain valuable instructional time now that students will not have to travel between buildings for their core subjects.”
Construction on the Upper School began at a critical juncture.
“The infrastructure had begun to age to a point where repairs were constant and costly." said Mario Gaztambide, School Advisory Board Facilities chair. "The renovation not only addresses immediate needs, but is also an investment in the future of the school. Through the deliberate choice of energy-efficient and sustainable materials, we’ll see yearly savings on our energy bills and maintenance costs."
Funding for the project has been due to the success of the school’s first capital campaign, Imagine, which to date has raised $1.9 million.
“We’ve been talking about this project for so long that sometimes it’s hard to believe it’s really happening,” Kopas said. “It’s exciting. I just keep picturing the students in their new classrooms and can’t wait for them to see their new building.”