LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Lexington-based construction company Dean Builds has been selected as construction manager for Lexington Catholic High School’s new 28,000-square-foot addition.
Their capital campaign project will start later in 2020, a year after the school announced th ambitious initiative, which will construct the addition on the back corner of the existing building, behind the Alumni Gym, for an expanded High Marks Center, new science center and student commons area.
Dean Builds is no stranger to education projects, having recently finished work for Sayre School, Berea College, and the University of Kentucky.
“Our Capital Facilities Committee interviewed many companies both nationally and locally and felt that Dean Builds was the perfect fit for this project. Their commitment to quality, history of safety, and working within a confined footprint is essential for our school community and neighborhood,” Lexington Catholic President Sandra Young said.
Lexington Catholic has also retained the local architectural firm, Pearson & Peters Architects of Lexington, which has a long-standing relationship with the school and the Diocese of Lexington.
Pearson & Peters has worked with Lexington Catholic for approximately 22 years, having designed the second-floor addition in 1998, the Fine Arts Center and gymnasium in 2000, and other various projects over the years. The engineering consultants will be N3D Consulting Group for Mechanical and Electrical, Poage Engineers & Associates for Structural, with EA Partners for Civil Engineering.
The project will address critical infrastructure needs and allow the physical space to accommodate 21st century STEM programming, with modern labs designed by Alltech, including an additional outdoor science classroom, the school said in announcing the project’s latest details.
Deirdre Lyons, co-founder, and director of corporate image and design at Alltech, says, “We are delighted to support the students at Lexington Catholic in exploring the world around them through a scientific lens. It is our hope that this modern and inclusive learning environment will inspire the next generation of change-makers. We at Alltech believe that education is the primary catalyst for success and that progress is driven by an insatiable curiosity.”
The project will additionally include expanding the current High Marks Center, which accommodates learning differences.
The space will meet the increasing needs in this area for both individual and group learning. The project will initiate with the demolition of  houses and corner parking construction at the corner of Clays Mill & Stratford Drive on property owned by the school.
“With so many great companies in our corner to help execute our vision, we are excited to get started and know that the result will be a mark of excellence for our school today and for future generations,” Young concluded.