It’s the biggest thing to happen at DePaul Cristo Rey since it opened. In front of students and guests, the first shovels of dirt were turned on May 22 to break ground for a campus transformation.
School leaders, students, supporters and representatives of those who will transform the school’s Clifton campus gathered for the ceremonial start of the two-year construction project. This summer those ceremonial shovels will be replaced by earthmoving equipment as work begins on the first phase – a new cafeteria/gymnasium.
The campus transformation is made possible due to the overwhelming support of DPCR’s first capital campaign, Building. Futures. Together. For a Greater Cincinnati. School leaders silently launched the capital campaign in the summer of 2017, and in less than a year more than $17.8 million has been raised in gifts and pledges, enabling the project’s first phase to move forward. Fundraising continues in order to reach the capital goal of $19.5 million.
Within two years, there will be two new buildings, a reconfigured campus entrance, new parking, and the space and resources to support the academic, social and post-graduation needs of students. This is a rendering of how the campus will look in two years.
Find details here on the campaign, campus construction and how you can join us in Building. Futures. Together. For A Greater Cincinnati.
Pictured above at the May 22 ground-breaking ceremony for the campus transformation are (left to right): John Neyer, DPCR Board; Chris Neyer, supporter; Barb Bennie, DPCR board chair; Linda Fath, supporter; Katie ’21; S. Jeanne Bessette, DPCR president; S. Joan Cook, Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati president; Martin ’21; Pat Robertson, DPCR board; Susan Gibbons, Archdiocese of Cincinnati Schools superintendent; Laura Hunter, Messer Construction; David Arends, CR architecture + design and DPCR board; and Chris Wilke, principal.