Damien Memorial School broke ground on a new athletic building Wednesday. It’s the first construction on the school’s campus in three decades.
The new 5,077-square-foot Clarence T.C. Ching Athletic Building, located next to the football practice field, track and batting cages, will be the campus’s first multipurpose sports facility.
The building will include a new weight room and a wrestling/judo room, offering much-needed relief for the school’s wrestling and judo teams, who currently hold practices in the cafeteria. Athletes and coaches say they spend an hour each practice setting up and removing mats on the cafeteria floor.
Construction begins in June and will take around nine months to complete.
The $3.29 million project is part of a $12 million long-term project that includes a student services center, with a library and resources center, and a music building.