Architect Selected for new Catholic Central High School

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The new Catholic Central High School is one step closer to becoming a reality.

The Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board has selected an architect to begin designing the $26-million project.

Board chair Fulvio Valentinis says Brantford, Ontario company +VG Architects has been hired for the job — the same firm that designed the University of Windsor's 50-year campus master plan.

Valentinis says +VG has a proven track record.

"What we look for, in terms of selecting the architect, is a firm that is going to be able to deliver what we need, is in tune with what new secondary schools of the future are going to require and also one that's in tune with, in terms of a budget, coming in on time and coming in on budget."

He says there's plenty of behind the scenes work already taking place.

"Administration is already undergoing studies. For example, a simple thing like a noise abatement study. So there is work going on now. There's discussions with the city regarding how it's going to be laid out on site, but it's a work in progress and it's one that we really, really want to move forward with."

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Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board chair Fulvio Valentinis seen on January 28, 2020 (Photo by AM800's Zander Broeckel)

Last June, the Catholic school board received $7-million from the provincial government to purchase an 11-acre piece of property between McDougall St. and Ouellette Ave less than a kilometre south of the current school at 441 Tecumseh Rd. E.

Valentinis says the location has been known for quite a while, now it's time to see what the school is going to look like.

"We all want to now sit down with them for them to come back with their specific concept designs. So they have some innovative approaches. We're excited. We're excited to see some sketches, some designs and move forward to get that shovel in the ground."

The board hopes to have the new school open by September 2022.