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Dear Members of the Sacred Heart Community,
As we come to the end of the 2018-2019 school year, we wish to share some exciting news about the development of our Master Plan at the Academy of the Sacred Heart. As many of you know, our school launched a forward-focused Strategic Plan in January 2017. As we implement our Plan, “Inspiring Faith Filled Women of Courage and Confidence,” we have been moving full steam ahead to transform learning spaces on the Rosary and Mater campuses.
The good news: We are breaking ground on another capital development initiative! Our next project, the Mater Campus Complex, will consist of three sub-projects: the construction of a new entrance vestibule, a new plaza, and the renovation of the Nims Fine Arts Center. These three projects will serve to offer a prominent entrance on General Pershing Street, a larger outdoor educational and recreational space for daytime and evening events, and an enhanced multi-purpose performance center. All three projects will result in improved branding and identity for us as a Sacred Heart school.
The architects for the project are Gould Evans and Associates. The construction firm is DonahueFavret. Our team has been meeting for several months, and our construction documents are completed. We plan to break ground on Monday, June 3 - right after graduation. We hope that construction will be complete by the time we return from Christmas holidays. We have already planned a wonderful Mass with the Archbishop presiding to formally bless our new spaces!
In the days ahead, we will implement a logistics and operations plan. The entire construction site will be cordoned off and self-contained. As school begins, additional information will be provided to describe arrival and dismissal procedures and other aspects of the project in detail. Summer camp will continue to operate in the usual manner.
This wonderful project has been funded through the generosity of many donors. We could not be more grateful to these wonderful people who see the future in these young girls and who are building a path for their continued growth and learning at the Academy of the Sacred Heart.
If you have any questions about the project, please contact Mrs. Kay Higginbotham, Director of Facilities and Maintenance at 504.269.1245. Or contact Helen Gerig, Executive Assistant to the Headmistress, at 504.269.1201.
Blessings and Peace,
Sr. Melanie A. Guste, RSCJ, Ph.D.