Resurrection Construction Update
As plans develop throughout the building process, this page will serve as a resource for up-to-date information and construction updates.
Construction Timeline and Updates
- June 2021 – Construction begins
- May 2022 – Construction complete
There are many more plans to be made, and we will continue to share additional information and address questions as developments occur and as new information becomes available. If you have additional questions, please submit them via the form below.
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We anticipate construction crews will break ground at Resurrection as soon as school releases for summer break in 2021. Construction will then continue throughout the 2021-2022 academic year, during which time students and teachers will be relocated to the St. Anthony campus.
All preschool through fifth-grade Resurrection students will be relocated to the St. Anthony campus for the 2021-2022 school year. This opportunity, presented by St. Anthony parish council, reduces the disruption that will come with construction and allows all students to remain together as a school community in an established learning environment.
Temporary Learning Space FAQs
This section addresses frequently asked questions regarding the temporary relocation of Resurrection students to St. Anthony during construction in the 2021-2022 school year. We will continue to add information as questions arise.
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At this time, school Mass will remain on Thursdays at 8:45 a.m. in the St. Anthony church. Celebrants will be Fr. Rosonke, Fr. Phil, and Fr. Phil's associate pastor.
Transportation or reimbursement will be available through Dubuque Community School District to St. Anthony for Resurrection students who live more than two miles from the school.
Site-to-site transportation will remain available to families who currently ride the shuttle from Holy Ghost to Resurrection.
Resurrection will likely use many of the procedures already in place at the St. Anthony campus. Watch for more information in August.
Yes! A big selling point of choosing to relocate to the St. Anthony campus was the opportunity for the whole Resurrection school community to remain together during this construction phase. This means families will have only one stop for drop-off and pick-up.
This depends on the construction timeline. For now, we anticipate construction to last throughout the 2021-2022 school year. However, if the project is completed sooner, we would evaluate the possibility of transitioning back to the new building earlier.
We recognize there may be questions related to St. Anthony’s facilities and the decision to transition Our Lady of Guadalupe Spanish Immersion School to the Holy Family Central Campus. Please be assured the decision to move was not due to imminent safety, rather it was a move toward good stewardship for both St. Anthony parish and Holy Family Catholic Schools.
The alternative to this decision would have been to build a new school on St. Anthony campus. If that had been the path chosen, Our Lady students would have remained on that campus during the fundraising and construction phases – likely an additional 2-3 years.
With the input gathered from school families and parishioners, Holy Family feels confident in planning to relocate all preschool through fifth-grade Resurrection students to the St. Anthony campus for the 2021-2022 school year.
Thank you to all who responded to our survey regarding the opportunity to utilize the St. Anthony campus. We are heartened to feel support for this option from the Resurrection and St. Anthony communities, as well as gratitude to St. Anthony for this neighborly offer. Many expressed trust in our parish and school leaders to make the best decision for students, families, teachers, and programming, and we are humbled and grateful for that trust.
While we are excited and thankful for this opportunity to reduce disruptions caused by the construction and to remain together as a school community, we also recognize this will require some adjustments on behalf of our families and school staff. Please know, we are committed to supporting our community and helping to address any challenges this temporary relocation may incur.
Naturally, there will be many questions that come with this decision, and we will continue to address them. We have added new FAQs to the Resurrection Construction Update webpage. If you have questions, please take the opportunity to review that page for FAQs or to submit questions of your own. We will continue to share developments as we gear up for the new build!
Yours in Christ,
Learning Spaces During Construction
We are excited to be back on track with plans for a new school and faith formation center at Resurrection! With a new timeline in place, we anticipate construction crews will break ground at Resurrection as soon as school releases for summer break. Construction will then continue throughout the 2021-2022 academic year. We look forward to sharing updates on these plans in the coming weeks!
Our attention now turns to planning for the continuity of learning during the construction phase. Around this time last year, Holy Family communicated plans to divide students among various temporary classroom spaces, including the multipurpose room, the church basement and portable classrooms. (You can find more information in our previous communications below.)
However, we find the new year presents us with new opportunities for temporary accommodations. The St. Anthony parish council has generously offered us a second option: their St. Anthony school site. Holy Family is evaluating the possibility of relocating all Resurrection students to the St. Anthony campus for the 2021-2022 school year.
While both options are viable, we believe the St. Anthony solution is unique and worthy of our consideration for a number of reasons. Students would be sheltered from the inevitable disruption that comes with construction, the campus provides an established learning environment, and there is greater space for physical distancing (recognizing COVID-19 may continue to be of concern).
We invite school families and parishioners to provide input, ask questions, and share potential concerns you may have.
Please take a moment to offer your feedback (Survey Closed)
by Friday, Feb. 19.
We look forward to a fruitful year of learning and the excitement and anticipation of our brand new school in 2022!
Yours in Christ,
Update: December 11, 2020
Construction Planning and Campaign to Resume
We are happy to announce that there will be forward movement towards a new school building at Resurrection. The precautionary pause that had been taken was prompted by the uncertainties of the pandemic’s impact, not only on the health of individuals and communities but also on the questionable state of the economy, which would be critical to our success.
As with all things dark and cloudy, such as this pandemic, we look for the silver lining. One of the benefits of taking this “pause” was the opportunity to reconsider and embrace the practice of good stewardship regarding the overall scope of the project and to review the amount of capital that we need to raise for such a building program.
Before the pandemic, the architectural plans were put in place to have a three-level, two-section school, which would include infant daycare. After further consideration, initiated by the fact that during the pandemic more and more people are working from home (which may become the trend), among other things, it was mutually determined by Resurrection leaders and Holy Family Catholic Schools representatives that infant daycare would not be part of our overall plan.
There will still be a new three-level, two-section preschool through fifth-grade school that includes dedicated art and music classrooms as well as a flex classroom to handle the class that currently has a third section. There will also be modifications and improvements to the new kitchen plan but not as extensive because of the exclusion of infant daycare.
That being stated, given the fact that final architectural drawings were in place for the whole building and costs had initially been incurred for space allocation for infant care pre-pandemic, that section of space in the new school building design would remain. The available space can now be considered and utilized for future faith formation programming and other similar functions.
The removal of infant care and the essentials that come with it, plus the reduction of kitchen modifications are estimated to be in the vicinity of a one-million-dollar savings in overall costs. Those savings would be applied to a reduction of the previous goal of 9.6 million to 8.6 million.
Resurrection’s anonymous donor of 2.5 million dollars remains committed. The capital campaign efforts between Resurrection parish and Holy Family Catholic Schools are now at a lower cost level in consideration of the savings outlined above. Pending review and recommitment from the leadership of both entities, and Archdiocesan approval, we will initiate or reengage each respective campaign effort as soon as possible.
Thank you for your patience during this time. We will continue to keep everyone updated as plans move forward and please know of our strong commitment to see this project come to fruition. Thank you in advance for your generosity as we reinvigorate our common goal of providing quality Catholic School education and Catholic faith formation.
Fr. Phil Gibbs, Pastor of the Church of the Resurrection
Denise Grant, Resurrection Principal
Phil Bormann, Holy Family Chief Administrator
Update: June 10, 2020
As we continue to navigate the uncertain circumstances imposed by COVID-19, parish and school leaders have mutually decided to postpone the groundbreaking for the new Resurrection Elementary school building.
Earlier this year, we shared optimism for the overall project timeline, assuming we would break ground this fall. While we remain committed to building a new Catholic school on Dubuque’s west end, for now, construction will be delayed at least until the spring of 2021. Considerable progress with architectural design has already been made, and the blueprints are complete. We look forward to the time we are able to move ahead with campaign fundraising.
We will continue to keep you abreast of plans as they develop and make adjustments, as needed, to support the achievement of our vision for a new school at Resurrection. Thank you for your continued prayers and understanding during this challenging time.
Update: April 21, 2020
Pause on Capital Campaigns
As you may have heard (or at least suspected), in light of current events, Holy Family and Resurrection parish campaign counsels have mutually agreed to push pause on our respective capital campaigns that would support the rebuilding of Resurrection Elementary School.
Multiple factors played into this difficult decision. Those most notable include the challenges of conducting personal campaign visits at a time when visiting is strongly discouraged, as well as the current uncertainty of financial markets.
Please be assured, we all remain eager to actualize this important initiative when the time is right. While our fundraising efforts will be delayed – and therefore the project start date – our contractors remain cautiously optimistic about the project timeline on the whole.
We will continue to keep you abreast of plans as they develop, and make adjustments as needed to support the achievement of our vision for a new school at Resurrection. We thank you for your continued prayers and understanding.
Update: January 3, 2020
Work to Begin in Spring 2020
Setting the groundwork in preparation for construction to begin in earnest this fall, we will begin a limited scope of work focused primarily on the cafeteria and multi-purpose room on April 20, 2020.
During this April/May period, student lunches will be held in classrooms and/or the gymnasium, depending on schedules.
Goals of the Spring construction phase:
- Update and expand the cafeteria to accommodate a larger food service program
- Reconfigure the multi-purpose room and existing music and guidance areas for use as classroom space during the 2020-2021 construction
- Asbestos will be professionally removed by Environmental Management Services of Iowa
- Staging may begin in the lower northeast parking lot, which may impact access to the area for arrival/dismissal
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