At Monday s groundbreaking event for Lowell Catholic are, from left: Jack Sullivan, Bill Quinn, Adam Charter, Gerry Foley, student Hunter Berube and
At Monday s groundbreaking event for Lowell Catholic are, from left: Jack Sullivan, Bill Quinn, Adam Charter, Gerry Foley, student Hunter Berube and Principal MaryEllen DeMarco. COURTESY PHOTO

A Sun Staff Report

LOWELL -- Lowell Catholic on Monday began construction of a new, 25,000-square-foot educational building with a ceremonial groundbreaking attended by school and city officials, students and alumni.

The new building is being constructed behind Legacy Hall and will house a state-of-the-art learning commons, classrooms, an expanded cafeteria, physics lab and administrative offices. Current building plans project a fully operational facility by the fall of 2019.

MassDevelopment announced earlier this year it issued a $10 million bond to finance the project.

The school is working with Gavin & Sullivan Architects and Charter Brothers Construction on the facility, which will mirror the look and feel of the other buildings on campus. The project is being financed by Salem Five and Lowell Five Banks through a tax exempt Mass Development Bond.

Several students participated in the assembly. MaryKate Cassidy, Class of 2019 led the celebration with a prayer followed by opening remarks from Head of School Maryellen DeMarco.

"Today marks a new beginning for Lowell Catholic as we break ground on our long-awaited addition. The new academic building to be built on this site is the culmination of our long-term strategic vision," DeMarco said. "Our new building will be a wonderful addition to our campus, benefiting students for years to come.


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Parker Fisher, Class of 2018 sang an impressive rendition of the national anthem and Bill Quinn, chair of Lowell Catholic's Board of Trustees, presented legacy symbols with the assistance of several high school students who placed a painting of each of the seven legacy schools on the stage.

"As a graduate of Keith Academy," Quinn said, "I am so proud of Lowell Catholic for successfully carrying on the legacy of all of the Catholic schools that thrived in Lowell over the last century."

The school choir sang Lowell Catholic's Treasured Ties and Hunter Berube, Class of 2018 spoke eloquently about his pride for Lowell Catholic.

"We will look back on this day as a leap forward for Lowell Catholic. This is an opportunity for the next generations of Crusaders to be even more successful than the last," Berube said.

The groundbreaking was blessed by Rev. John Hanley, OMI and the ceremonial team wielding the golden shovels included Jack Sullivan of Gavin & Sullivan Architects; Quinn; Adam Charter of Charter Brothers Construction; Gerry Foley, LC Project Manager; Berube, LC class president; and DeMarco.

Naming opportunities are still available and Lowell Catholic will be continuing its Capital Campaign to fund this project throughout several phases of the building process.