North Catholic High School has big year
January 2, 2013
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Ronnie Volpatti with Century Steel hooks up the last piece of steel to be placed in the new Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School during a ceremony Dec. 14 in Cranberry Township. The school is on track to be completed in January 2014.

It was literally a groundbreaking year for the new Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School as construction crews already have the steel skeleton built for the project.

Crews broke ground on the 180,000 square-foot building in June and moved quickly to erect the structure. The $71 million project is being completed on 71 acres of land near Cranberry Township’s border with Seven Fields.

The school remains on track to be completed in January 2014, while it will open to about 1,000 students later that year.

Diocese of Pittsburgh Bishop David Zubik along with other officials presided over a ceremony in December in which construction crews set a final beam in place.

Termed a “topping out” ceremony, Zubik called the placing of the beam a “significant event” for this “phenomenal structure” and represents just how far the diocese has come since announcing the project several years ago.

Construction will continue through 2013 as crews work to finish the building.

The project also is on track financially, as the diocese is looking to borrow more than $58.5 million for the school.

The Rev. Lawrence DiNardo, a spokesman for the diocese, previously said the group would repay those funds during the next 30 years.

He also said that officials are very pleased with the current pace of construction.

“Anyone driving past the site can see all the movement of the dirt and other construction going on there,” he said. “It’s great to see the project moving forward.”

Pictures and more information about the project can be found at a special website set up by the diocese at