Mount Carmel celebrated the completion of a $3.5 million renovation to its third floor and infrastructure this week with a ribbon cutting ceremony. This phase of the renovation is part of a $15 million capital campaign to improve the main school building, originally constructed in 1924.
Members of the Mount Carmel community joined the Caravan for a blessing of the third floor by former Mount Carmel President and Principal, Fr. David Dillon (O. Carm. ’57), a classroom demonstration with teacher Antonio Mota’s 2001 Spanish class, and a luncheon.
President Ned Hughes (Class of ’70) spoke to the guests and explained the impact these renovations have on Mount Carmel students, “The opportunity to expand learning is truly endless now at Mount Carmel and you have enabled us and every future student of this school to maximize his learning potential.”
The renovations included a complete gut of the third floor, installation of TV screens and a projector in each classroom, writable walls, moveable furniture, and new electrical, HVAC, and water infrastructure throughout the building. Students will begin using the classrooms next week.
Campus renovations began in 2014 with the renovated exterior and installation of energy efficient windows and coverings. It continued in 2015 with the removal and replacement of the boiler system, improved wireless Internet capabilities and construction of a model classroom which was used to test-drive technology in preparation for future classroom renovations.
Mount Carmel will continue to renovate the remaining classrooms over the next two years, equipping each with integrated technology, writable walls, and moveable furniture. Also planned is a new fine arts center, design and build lab, art studios, and a center for learning and technology.
The classroom construction coincides with the launch of the school’s “bring your own device” program, which allows students to use their own laptops and devices to work collaboratively to solve problems together and share ideas with one another, employing the same technology and skills they will find at the university level and in the working world.