Renovated Academic Resource Center

Posted: February 28, 2014
Director of Technology Chris McCoy and Architect Paul Stachowiak demonstrate key technology features of the ARC.

Director of Technology Chris McCoy and Architect Paul Stachowiak demonstrate key technology features of the ARC.

Bloomfield Hills, MI, February 27, 2014 – A re-dedication ceremony was recently held at Brother Rice High School to celebrate and bless the school’s newly renovated Academic Resource Center.  Principal Brother Michael Segvich, CFC and President John Birney ‘76 welcomed and honored those who were instrumental in the project. Key staff members, distinguished donors, auction event planners together with the architect and construction project manager gathered to bless and tour the space.

ARC Re-dedication

Congratulations to those pictured: 2014 Auction Co-chair Nora Hamill, President of Integrated Design Solutions Paul Stachowiak, Director of Technology Chris McCoy, Director of Advancement Chris Drouin ‘93, Project Manager CE Gleeson Constructors Inc. Steven Taseski , President John Birney ‘76, 2014 Auction Co-chair Ken Alessi seated: Distinguished Donor Mary Petrovich, Auction Coordinator Susan Reid, 2013 Auction Sponsor Suzanne Iacobelli, Auction Coordinator Michelle Lievois.

Originally opened in 1989 as the first major addition to the original school, the nearly 6,000 square foot library housed the school’s hardcover texts and periodicals.  As computer technology became increasingly commonplace during the 1990’s, the facility was minimally updated and renamed the Media Center. One of the objectives of the school’s 2012 Strategic Plan was to adapt and implement 21st century learning methodologies throughout the curriculum. In recognition of this initiative, and as a result of the dramatic impact of modern information technology tools on academics, the school made it a priority to redesign the facility. Funds raised from the highly successful 2013 Irish Nite Auction, combined with specific donations from a few generous donors, made the renovation of what is now referred to as the Academic Resource Center, a reality.

President John Birney ’76 stated with gratitude, “We are incredibly thankful for the generous donations that made this renovation possible. This space serves as the center for student research and learning thus enhancing our students overall experience. We are very aware that collaboration is a much more common element of learning and now we have the space for students to fully interact. With this space we are able to complement our existing first-rate curriculum.”

“It has been a pleasure to work with Brother Rice,” said President Paul Stachowiak of award

Brother Michael Segvich, CFC performs blessing of the space.

Brother Michael Segvich, CFC performs blessing of the space.

winning Integrated Design Solutions who served as the architect for the project. He continued, “We have worked with Brother Rice for the past 10 years on various phases of their facility renovation.  With the completion of this project they have successfully integrated the improvements they have made in the classrooms with the hub of the school.  We look forward to continuing their impressive vision as they break ground on the Science & Engineering Wing. “

The gift that made this possible and the effort of staff and volunteers represents an extraordinary vote of confidence for Brother Rice and for the mission of providing a quality Catholic education committed to 21st century learning.

Birney ’76 emphasized the school’s strong and vibrant future, “Brother Rice will continue to move forward with its Strategic Plan, advancing our mission and continuing the fundraising efforts necessary to bring these and other projects to fruition.  As we put the final preparations on our upcoming 2014 auction, we pause to celebrate the success of the 2013 event and the completion of this important project.”

Charles Gleeson, President of CE Gleeson Constructors Inc. served as the general contractor on the job. Gleeson, a 1980 graduate of Brother Rice and the father of three current students, knew first hand the importance of completing the project on time and on budget.  “It was a privilege to be able to handle the construction of the ARC. I’m pleased to be able to deliver such a top notch space for my own boys to benefit from not to mention the hundreds of Rice students who will pass through these doors,” Gleeson said.

Elements of this exciting renovation include:

  • A new configuration that offers flexible space for a computer center, meeting area and lounge for small group learning
  • A Netfloor system installed over the existing concrete allowing for fully accessible cable and power trenches for all future configurations and needs
  • Projectors and flat screens for professional presentations for individuals, small groups and classes
  • A centralized resource desk for tutors, ACT prep and the Writing Center
  • Private study carrels
  • Dedicated office space for the ARC Director and faculty
  • New carpet and paint

Those in attendance symbolized the group effort necessary to complete this project.