Columbia Breaks Ground on a new STEM Building on the St. Mary's Campus in Lynn

June 6, 2017

The St. Mary’s project team broke ground this week on a building project that will transform the school’s urban campus and significantly upgrade educational opportunities in critical subject areas. About 50 trustees, administrators, alumni and friends gathered on the campus for a ceremonial groundbreaking on a new STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) building and a gateway entrance to the school’s campus. The three-story glass entrance will be built between the Connell and Cardinal Cushing centers, while the new STEM building will be constructed behind the Connell Center.

St. Mary’s has moved with the times into the 21st century,” said Board of Trustees chair William Mosakowski, referencing the school’s 135-year history. “The requirements now are for students to be far better grounded in science. We need this building and we need these programs in order to provide a robust, comprehensive education for our students.”

The building project will be funded through the Building Futures campaign, which to date has raised almost $15 million. Funds raised during the campaign will also provide scholarship support for students, as well as academic and extracurricular programming.

That’s a remarkable feat,” said Grace Cotter Regan, Head of School. “This is a wonderful time for Lynn and we are proud to be part of the great developments that are happening in the city.”

The STEM building will include technologically advanced classrooms, labs and makerspaces – areas where students can use their creativity to design, invent, experiment and build.