On Monday, March 6th at 9:30AM, St. Charles Parish and School held a ceremonial groundbreaking for the First Phase of the Cornerstone Project which includes three new classrooms, a dedicated S.T.E.M. Lab, new concession stand area, a new vestibule and gym entrance and new.
The ceremony brought together 285 school students, along with teachers and staff, parish leaders and parishioners, Village of Hartland elected officials, clergy from across the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and supporters of St. Charles on the Hartland campus. The event featured speakers, including Hunzinger Executive Vice President Kevin O’Toole, all school students, the St. Charles Children’s choir and a blessing of the ground and dedication of what will become new classroom space by Father Ken Omernick.
The $1.8 million project is the First Phase of a major building campaign – THE CORNERSTONE PROJECT – Answering Christ’s Call. In the next three to five years, plans call for a new church that will seat 1,000 people to be built along with additional classroom and office space, a Family Life Center and other meeting places for the growing church community. Since September 2016, parishioners have pledged $11.1 million toward a $12 million fundraising goal.
Hunzinger Construction Company was selected to serve a general contractor for the 4,250-square foot two story addition to the current school that will house three classrooms upstairs that will be used by students during the day and students in the Religious Education program several times a week. The classrooms will also serve as gathering spaces for parishioners involved in different ministries.
On the first floor a dedicated, state-of-the-art S.T.E.M. Lab will be built providing students with hands-on and exploratory activities in Science Technology Engineering and Math. Also on the first floor will be a new vestibule and entrance to the gymnasium, a concession stand area and new restrooms.
Zimmerman Architectural Studios of Milwaukee is the firm charged with designing the First Phase of the project.
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