Nardin Academy is proud to announce the groundbreaking for a new gymnasium and wellness center on the Auburn Avenue side of its Cleveland Avenue campus. The ceremony took place on Thursday, May 16, 2019.
The facility will include a regulation-sized competition gymnasium and locker rooms which will be raised above the school's parking lot. A wellness center will be located on the ground floor, along with athletics and physical education offices, and a plaza with an open lobby.
The addition will physically connect the elementary school on the west side of the property to the high school on the east side, for the first time in the Academy's 129-year history on Cleveland Avenue.
"A competition gymnasium will allow Nardin to maximize activity time and adopt a more flexible curriculum," said President Marsha Joy Sullivan. "We will now be able to host tournaments with space for families and other spectators and build a stronger sense of community in our own building by physically connecting the elementary and high schools."
A wellness center will allow Nardin community members to engage in activities that promote physical and mental health and personal growth. It will house strength and conditioning training space and incorporate fitness classes, mindfulness exercises, meditation, yoga, and educational programming which will address health-related topics and holistic approaches.
"The importance of educating the whole child – in mind and in body – has always been the foundation of Nardin's educational philosophy," said Lisa Walsh, chairwoman of the Academy's Board of Trustees. "This expansion will connect students with ample opportunities to grow mentally and physically."
The expansion will allow for the return of the high school's basketball and volleyball teams, who have both been practicing and playing home games at rented space at Villa Maria College.
"The state of the art gymnasium and wellness center are the next step for our athletics program," said Joe Baudo, Nardin's athletic director. "Our student athletes are excited to have a true home court advantage for the first time in many years. While we've been fortunate to have access to Villa Maria College, we are thrilled to have a distinctly Nardin facility that our student athletes and fans can call home."
The project will also add 16 parking spots at the school and will improve traffic flow by moving vehicles off of Cleveland Avenue, easing congestion during afternoon pickup.
The project is expected to be completed by September 2020.
Click below for a video of the groundbreaking ceremony by Justin Bondi Productions:
Photo credit: Nancy Parisi