The St. Pius X High School community gathered for a ceremonial groundbreaking Thursday morning for the $9.1 million, 27,000-square-foot Center for the Sciences and Media.
Currently under construction, the Center for the Sciences and Media will include seven lab and lecture classrooms, a state-of-the-art Media and Resource Center, a roof-top garden, additional administrative offices and meeting spaces, and enhanced plaza seating for outdoor learning and community gathering.
The Center for the Sciences and Media anchors St. Pius X’s west campus and is designed in harmony with SPX’s mid-century, modern architecture. Construction is being completed by Stewart Builders under the direction of lead architect, Jack Duran of Turner-Duran Architects. It is expected to take 12 months to complete and will open in the fall of 2016.
"We are delighted to have broken ground on this much-anticipated project, especially on our Founder’s Day,” said Sister Donna M. Pollard, O.P., Head of School. “This project marks yet another chapter in the near 60-year history of St. Pius X High School as we look ahead to the future, while celebrating the pioneer spirit of the original six Dominican Sisters who gave birth to our School.”
The Most Rev. George A. Sheltz, D.D., Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston presided at the liturgy and groundbreaking ceremony, which was held on the 59th anniversary of the founding of St. Pius X High School. Bishop Sheltz blessed the workers and the construction site before members of the SPX Community turned the earth. Sister Carol Mayes, O.P., Prioress of the Dominican Sisters of Houston, also offered a reflection.
The Center for the Sciences and Media is the final phase of the School’s Set the Word Ablaze capital campaign that was launched in 2009. The campaign built out a $4.3 million, 7,000 square-foot space to house the Learning for Success Program. Also included was the new West Campus entrance to the building, renovated administrative offices, and elevator access to the second floor.