363-days ago, ground was broken on a new $38 million St. Joseph’s High School in South Bend.
About three months from now, the building is scheduled to be occupied.
“I keep using the word unbelievable but that’s what it is, I just literally want to break into tears every time I walk into the building because it’s so beautiful,” said Principal Susan Richter.
Today Richter and others took the media on a tour through the building.
While it still looks a lot more like a site for construction, than instruction, the St. Joseph High School is starting to take shape.
“So the gym, the seating capacity will be about 2,500 you know,” said Jeffery Boetticher, Chief Advancement Officer for St. Joseph’s High School.
The new St. Joe will have not one, but two gyms, and both will be air conditioned: That’s something that many other school districts may take for granted. “You know our original building was built it was built really to be two schools in one,” said Boetticher. “Where male students were separated from the female students.”
This time around, technology is the top concern at the New St. Joe.
The building is wired for the needs of the 21st century, and next fall each and every student will receive a laptop computer.
“Instead of a teacher's desk, each room will have a podium that acts as sort of the technology control center for the room,” said Boetticher. “So they'll be able to control the visual imagines in the room and then the audio levels in the room.”
In the new chapel, it’ll be the tried and true vaulted ceilings, stained glass windows, and hand painted murals.
Given the elevation of the building site itself, some of the views from the building are breathtaking.
Much of the structure looks out over a sports stadium that will have artificial turf. “Of course, we’ve never had our own home football games so it will be something special to have our first home football game this fall,” said Richter.
The construction can’t help but be finished by the time the school year starts—because the school year won’t start until the construction is done.
Officials expect to get an occupancy permit toward the end of August or in early September.
School officials today also unveiled two new logos for the school. One makes a minor change to the name of the school. The apostrophe “s” will be dropped when the new building opens. St. Joseph’s High School will become St. Joseph High School.
School officials will hold an open house on Sunday June 10th in the old school building from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.