Forever CBA Surpasses $16 Million as Upgrades Continue
January 24, 2022
The Forever CBA: Securing Our Mission capital campaign hit another major milestone this month, reaching $16 million in donations and pledges.
This mark comes after multiple $1 million donations to the Academy since the start of the new school year. The news comes in tandem with the official announcement of adding air conditioning to the 31 classrooms that have not yet received this upgrade.
Forever CBA was publicly launched in October 2019 with the goal of enhancing facilities on campus, as well as strengthening CBA’s endowment. New facilities will benefit current and future students, while an increased endowment will help the Academy offer more scholarships and bolster academic and extracurricular programs.
The first phase of construction began in Summer 2021 with the demolition of the existing buildings and facilities. Two new complexes, Soccer & Lacrosse and Track & Field, have been progressing nicely since breaking ground in July.
The Soccer & Lacrosse Complex has seen the turf field laid and completed, with initial sidewalks and paving finished. The facility awaits installation of fixed bleachers, fencing, safety netting, and bathrooms.
The Sheehan Track & Field Complex has begun to take shape, with the infield being laid out around the track oval. The infield will ultimately feature artificial turf for field events as well as specialized areas for throwers and jumpers.
A third facility, the O’Shea-Martin Tennis Pavilion, is slated to be the next to break ground on planned upgrades. The addition of the new pavilion will enhance the viewing experience for both spectators and players. A mid-court platform will provide parents, teammates and friends a unique viewing experience like nowhere else in the Shore Conference. The Sullivan Courts will be resurfaced and fitted with new wind screens to ensure the best playing conditions.
New roads and parking lots to all three of these facilities have been laid and received their first round of pavement. Most prominently, “Azzy’s Way” is the new avenue to both the Tennis Courts and Track & Field.
Last month, the Academy announced the remodeled and expanded cafeteria to be named the Brother Frank Byrne Dining Hall. The Byrne Dining Hall will add 40 percent more space to the existing cafeteria, allowing more students to eat together at one time. The food preparation area will also be thoroughly renovated to accommodate modified food court-style service.