Since school let out in June, construction on the Greenwich Catholic School’s Upper School has been in full-swing, with crews working around the clock to renovate and expand the building.
After only 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 ADA 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 GCS 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 School Advisory Board Facilities Chair, Mario Gaztambide, P’24,’25, explained, “The infrastructure had begun to age to a point where repairs were constant and costly. “ 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,” added Gaztambide.
Funding for the project reflects the school’s first capital campaign, “Imagine,” which raised $1.9 million to date.
“We’ve been talking about this project for so long that sometimes it’s hard to believe it’s really happening,” said Kopas. “It’s exciting. I just keep picturing the students in their new classrooms and can’t wait for them to see their new building.”
Greenwich Catholic School is a co-educational Roman Catholic day school located on a 38 acre campus at 471 North Street in Greenwich.
Greenwich Catholic School includes Kindergarten through 8th grade students, as well as a three-year old program called Little Angels and a Pre-Kindergarten program for four-year-old children. Our students experience an enriching spiritual environment, a diverse and challenging curriculum and a full range of after school and sports programs.
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