Detroit Catholic Central announced plans for a new STEM center last week. The design of the STEM expansion will provide for a striking view from the main entrance to the current building.

Detroit Catholic Central announced plans for a new STEM center last week. The design of the STEM expansion will provide for a striking view from the main entrance to the current building.

Image provided by Detroit Catholic Central High School


Detroit Catholic Central announces plans for new STEM center

By: Brian Wells | Novi Note | Published December 20, 2021

 A rendering shows one of the eight science labs that are part of the design for Detroit Catholic Central’s new STEM center.

A rendering shows one of the eight science labs that are part of the design for Detroit Catholic Central’s new STEM center.

Image provided by Detroit Catholic Central High School

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NOVI — Students at Detroit Catholic Central will soon have new opportunities to explore science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Last week, the school announced plans for a $35 million, 57,000-square-foot science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, center.

“Without a doubt, this will be a transformative project for our students and their access to state-of-the-art technology,” Father Patrick Fulton, Detroit Catholic Central principal, said in a press release. “While our students excel in our current facilities, this expansion will provide the additional space, technology and equipment necessary for us to take our STEM offerings to an even higher level. The amount of hands-on experience our students are able to gain before graduation will prepare them well for college and beyond.”

The addition will include eight new science labs, four dedicated lab prep rooms, an engineering lab, a 5,300-square-foot robotics competition space, a robotics building room, a greenhouse, a lecture hall, an observatory and several other multi-use spaces. Three existing science labs will be turned into six additional classrooms, and an additional computer lab will be added to the current building.

Currently, the school has three science labs — one for biology, one for chemistry and one for physics. There are also two computer labs and both on- and off-campus robotics workshops. Class takes place in a normal classroom, and the labs are utilized for experience as needed, said Jake Marmul, the school’s director of admissions and public relations.

“It’s working well for us in our current setup, but we can do things better with the new addition,” he said in an email.

The STEM expansion will be added onto the school’s current building. It is one of several projects included in the school campus’ master plan that are being developed ahead of the school’s 100th anniversary in 2028.

In addition to the STEM lab, as part of the school’s master plan, an improved school entrance on Wixom Road was completed in the fall of 2020, and the renovation of the school’s learning commons opened in August for students.

Catholic Central donors have contributed nearly 90% of the cost of the project, the school said in a press release.

Construction is slated to begin in the summer of 2022, with the goal of opening for students in January 2024.

“This project did not come together overnight,” Catholic Central President Ed Turek said in the release. “We have been planning, designing and fundraising for more than two years. We are not going to publish plans or make announcements if we don’t have funding in place, but with 90% of this project fully funded, we are confident in our ability to proceed.”

Contact Brian Wells at (586) 498-1081, (248) 291-7637 or bwells@candgnews.com.

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