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Center for the Sciences Construction Begins to Take Shape

The visible signs of the construction for the new Center for the Sciences at St. Dominic are piling up.

Within the past two weeks, the concrete slab for the first floor has been poured and the steel, which will comprise the building’s frame, has been delivered.

The visible evidence of the progress for the Center for the Sciences, which is slated to open in early 2022 is exciting, St. Dominic President Jim Welby said.

“There’s been a ton of work since November and it’s neat to see,” Welby said. “To get all of the underground stuff prepared and to now get to build upward. It’s nice that the foundation is poured, the footings are poured, the first floor slab is poured and now we start to go upward with our new building. Once things start going vertical, you really see new things and changes every day. It’s really exciting to see where we’re at and where we’re going.”

The centerpiece of the Called to Lead campaign, the Center for the Sciences is part of a $4.5 million expansion that will reshape the main school entrance.

With the addition of the Center for the Sciences, St. Dominic's facilities will grow to 175,000 square feet, increasing educational square footage by 17 percent.

Welby said that changes are going to come fast and furious in terms of construction for the Center for the Sciences in the coming days. He said that it will take about a month for the building’s steel frame to be completely installed. After that, panels and walls will go up in a matter of weeks.

“I think people are incredibly excited,” Welby said. “When the steel arrived, people were gawking at it and when the first floor slab was being laid, it was hard to get kids’ attention in class because they were watching that newness as it’s coming and becomes even more of a reality.”

While the newness of the building’s construction is fresh, Welby said that the chance to see the progress of the construction will be there for the students as the school year draws to a close.

Students and faculty won’t miss much in terms of getting to witness the building’s construction on a first-hand basis, he said.

“Before kids leave in May, they’re going to, at minimum, see the shell of the building on the outside really coming together,” Welby said. “I think that will be awesome because when students come up over the summer, whether it’s for a camp or to come to the office for something, they won’t miss a whole lot over the summer because they'll see so much prior to it. There will be some things done underneath and the front circle will be asphalted but no one will have to wait until the fall to see the progress that's happening..”   

To learn more about the Called to Lead campaign, visit here.

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