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Jesuit High begins construction on new master plan

Jesuit High president the Rev. Richard C. Hermes, blesses the beginning of new construction at the school Friday. Accompanying him, from left, are sophomore Cullen Corish, freshman Reece Tappan and the Rev. Patrick Hough.
Published Jun. 3, 2016

Jesuit High launched Phase 1 of its new campus master plan on Friday.

The Chapel of the Holy Cross and the 32,000-square-foot administration and student services building comprise the two biggest aspects of the phase. They are made possible by the success of Jesuit's $35 million "For Greater Glory" campaign.

The Chapel of the Holy Cross, which will be the heart of campus, becomes the fourth primary sacred space for Jesuit. It follows St. Louis Church and Sacred Heart Church downtown for nearly six decades, and then St. Anthony Chapel, which was built soon after the school moved to Himes Avenue. The grand, two-story administration and student services building will be the face of Jesuit along Himes Avenue.

The landmark campaign ensures the school, which was founded downtown in 1899 and moved to Himes Avenue in 1956, will continue forming young men in the Tampa Bay area in the 470-year tradition of Jesuit education.

Board of trustees chairman Joe Caballero '86 and the school president, the Rev. Richard C. Hermes, attended a special ceremony Friday to mark the beginning of construction. Many major campaign donors, including campaign co-chairmen Joe Capitano Jr. '84, Richard Gonzmart '71 and John Oliva '60, as well as members of the board of trustees, also attended.

Subsequent phases of the campus master plan are expected to include a comprehensive new two-story, collegiate-style student activities center with an adjacent 500-seat dining hall; a new fine and performing arts center with a 450-seat theater-auditorium, and a new two-story, state-of-the-art science and math building.

Batson-Cook is the construction manager. Cooper Johnson Smith is the architect for the administration building and all aspects of the campus master plan except the chapel. The chapel architect is Duncan G. Stroik of the University of Notre Dame.

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