PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — To most observers, it’s just another construction site — with lots of equipment moving earth and construction workers high up on beams of steel.
But when Catholic Bishop David Zubik showed up at the Cranberry work site, it took on a different feel as he led everyone in prayer.
“Most especially do I ask your blessing upon this building which for many years in the future will help many people come to not only know your world better but to come to know you better,” Zubik said.
The building is the new Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School, replacing the old North Catholic which graduated Rooneys, Onoratos and Ravenstahls.
“I wouldn’t say it is closing down,” Zubik said. “It’s giving birth to a new school.”
A new faith-based school in a fast-growing region where Zubik hopes to attract a thousand students, up from the 200 at the current North Catholic.
Zubik signed the last steel beam and invited others to sign, including lead architect Lou Astorino, who said the country-like setting was perfect for a high school.
“There’s a lot of windows,” Astorino said. “There’s a lot of nature that you can look out a, peaceful and calm. Keeps your mind calm and allows you to study and learn.”
But it’s not cheap.
“The total project cost is about $70 million for the project,” Mike Arnold, chief facilities officer for the diocese, said.
Zubik says if all goes according to plan, he hopes this high school opens by the fall of 2014.
And he hopes Cardinal Wuerl, the man this high school is named after, will be here for the dedication.
And with the final beam signed, hauled up into air, and fit into place — everyone expects the work to get done on time.