Parents of Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School students interested in learning more about how the new state-of-the-art building in Cranberry is progressing may want to attend one of these upcoming meeting.
The school is holding a series of 90-minute informational meetings around the Cranberry area to talk about the building’s construction, as well as to detail academic opportunities at the school.
“Students will have the opportunity to be engaged in an integrated Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine Program (STEMM) provided through project based classroom instruction, well-equipped labs, and field-based programs with guided support from local companies, major universities, and professionals giving and sharing of their time, talents and expertise,” a Nov. 2 letter home from the diocese to North Catholic parents and students said.
Under construction now on 71 acres along Route 228 near the St. Kilian Parish and School, the new North Catholic is expected to be open in time for the 2014-15 school year.
When complete, the school will accommodate as many as 1,000 students in grades 9-12, with a maximum of 250 students in each grade.
Plans have been in the works for the new building since 2010, when the Diocese of Pittsburgh first announced plans to close the school’s current building in Pittsburgh's Troy Hill and move the programs to Cranberry in response to population growth and shifts in the North Hills.
According to officials, it is the largest building project the diocese has undertaken in recent history
Participants are asked to register for the meetings at http://tinvurl.com/CWNCHS-rsvp or by calling 412-456-3100.
Saint Ferdinand Parish, 2535 Rochester Road, Cranberry
- 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13 in the Upper Room, Education Building.
Saint Mary School, 2510 Middle Road, Glenshaw
- 4 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14 in the cafeteria.
Saint Alexis School, 10090 Old Perry Highway, Wexford
- 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14 in the cafeteria.
Saint Alphonsus School, 201 Church Road, Wexford
- 4 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15 in the cafeteria
Saint Sebastian School, 307 Siebert Road, Pittsburgh
- 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15 in the cafeteria.
Butler Catholic School, 515 East Locust Street, Butler
- 4 to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19 in the cafeteria.
SS. John & Paul Parish, 2586 Wexford Bayne Road, Sewickley
- 4 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20 in Cardinal DiNardo Hall-Upper Hall.
Saint Fidelis Parish, I-25 Buttercup Road, Butler
- 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20 in the social hall.
Saint Richard Parish, 3841 Dickey Road, Gibsonia
- 4 to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3 in the social hall.
How the Building's Construction is Progressing
According to the Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School website (visit it by clicking here), construction work in October included excavation for a new access road leading from Franklin Road to the high school.
Workers from Mascaro Construction, the contractors for the project, also installed concrete foundation for the classroom wing, auditorium, gymnasium and cafeteria/kitchen. Work also was begun for the underground mechanical and electrical utilities, according to the school’s website.
In November, the anticipated work includes:
- Continue bulk excavation for new access road from Franklin Road
- Continue concrete foundations throughout (focusing on administration and bell tower area)
- Continue mechanical and electrical underground rough-in (throughout the building)
- Receive first shipment of structural steel and begin initial sequences (south portion of the building – cafeteria/kitchen then over to north/west corridor
Are you excited for the school’s opening in Cranberry? What do you think of the progress on building? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below.