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IWA breaks ground on new building

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The expansion represents Phase II of IWA's Enlighten, Inspire and Strengthen Campaign. Image: IWA The expansion represents Phase II of IWA's Enlighten, Inspire and Strengthen Campaign. Image: IWA
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On Monday, Incarnate Word Academy will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for their newly completed Montessori building.

The new building is intended to expand and enhance the Elementary Level's Montessori curriculum. Construction began on the new $3.6 million facility following a $1 million gift from Bob and Catherine Hilliard, along with a high impact grant from the John G. and Marie Stella Kenedy Memorial Foundation and generous support from other foundations, parents, grandparents, past parents, alumni and friends.

"The Montessori building represents a culmination of hard work, dedication, and vision and it comes on the heels of the 50th anniversary of IWA's Montessori Program," said IWA President and CEO Sammie H. Grunwald. "The new building will be a wonderful addition to the campus and to this extraordinary program."

The expansion represents Phase II of IWA's Enlighten, Inspire and Strengthen Campaign. Phase I included the construction of the Austin Street Athletic Complex and renovations to the Mother Patricia Gunning Gymnasium Lobby. Leading the Montessori building project were architects with Ferrell/Brown and Associates alongside general contractor BARCOM Construction, Inc.

The new 14,000 square foot building will include seven classrooms for Primary, Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary and a wireless computer lab. It also features an Atrium for the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Program, administrative offices, faculty lounges, a prayer garden and walkways connecting the Traditional and Montessori buildings.

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