Mount St. Mary Catholic High School, located in historical Capitol Hill District, is set to dedicate the newest addition to its 115 year old campus. A ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony led by the Most Reverend Paul S. Coakley, Archbishop of Oklahoma City, will take place for The Commons/Cafeteria on Thursday, May 3 at 2:00 pm.
Architectural Design Group (ADG) partnered with Mount St. Mary to update the Campus Master Plan. Because of robust enrollment the first project identified in the plan was the addition of a New Commons/Cafeteria. It was envisioned as a large space for the students to gather, study, and to share a meal. But even further, the hope was the space would become one of their favorite spaces to be in; for fellowship, collaboration and inspiration.
To fund the project, school leadership and stakeholders began phase one of a capital campaign called "Higher Ground". The total cost for the new commons/cafeteria finished at $6 million, serving not only the Mount St. Mary families, but also the local community. The project includes a commons area accommodating up to 325 people and a new state of the art 2,000 square foot kitchen, three times the size of the kitchen that served the school for decades. In addition, the former cafeteria has been re-envisioned into a modern café.
"While remembering the past and honoring it, the architectural design of the new commons/cafeteria building was intended to be a modern interpretation of the existing historical structure and represent the future growth of The Mount. We immersed ourselves in the history of the school and began to get a sense of what a special place this is. We attended meetings, walked the halls and saw the interactions between the students, faculty and staff. There is a vitality here that is hard to miss. A feeling of warmth, caring and a sense of community. It makes me wish I had gone to school here," said Steve Matthews, Project Manager, ADG.
"Together as a Mount community, we celebrate the past, the present, and our future! We thank everyone for their love and support for not only our new facilities but for also helping to strengthen our commitment to Catholic education across Oklahoma," said MSM Principal, Talita DeNegri.