St. Marcus Lutheran School, 2215 N. Palmer St., Milwaukee, held a ground breaking ceremony recently to celebrate the start of the school’s second and final phase of a $13.5 million campus expansion project.
The campus addition will serve as a multipurpose space for St. Marcus students, their families and the community. Upon completion, the expansion project will have added approximately 14,000 additional square feet of facilities critical to meeting the needs of more than 700 students, their families and the surrounding community. The multipurpose space will be used as a gymnasium, auditorium and performance space. The building will also be opened to the community as a public gathering space, volunteer, educational programming and resource center.
“We are thrilled to be breaking ground on this new addition, giving us the space we urgently need for both our students and to serve the surrounding community,” said Henry Tyson, St. Marcus’ Superintendent.
Phase I of the expansion opened in August 2011 and added capacity for 348 students, doubling the school’s capacity. The school has more than 670 students enrolled for the 2012-2013 school year, with approximately 200 students on the waiting list. Given the number of students on the waiting list, the school opened an additional K5 classroom and first grade classroom. The Phase I and II buildings were each designed by Korb Tredo Architects, with the building construction led by Catalyst Construction. Construction is expected to take five months and be complete in February 2013.
St. Marcus School is a Christian, college-prep school serving predominantly low-income African-American students from K3-8th grade.