Excitement. Energy. Excellence. These are the hallmarks of the sports programs at Cathedral Prep in Erie, PA. BHA planned a new sports complex in downtown Erie that includes a 50 meter pool, an 1800 seat arena-style gym and a new football/soccer field surrounded by an eight-lane track. This new complex occupies a brownfield industrial site on 12th Street, one of the main crosstown boulevards, lined with brick manufacturing and warehousing buildings, many from the 19th century. The site, a previous Gunnite factory, required minor environmental remediation but extensive utility and storm water management work. An existing railway spur bridge was renovated over Cherry Street to connect the new parking with the Sports Complex. Site planning issues included discussions with PennDot and the City of Erie for improvements to 12th Street to create a true Boulevard with center islands and turning lanes. In addition to the pool, gym, football/soccer field and track, the project as Phase 1 included grandstands, restrooms, concessions, locker rooms, coaching offices and a spectator area for the pool.
When we first shared our dream of building a new athletic complex, you were able to take our various needs and wants…and mold them into an initial drawing that began to give shape to our many ideas [which] eventually gave way to the beautiful and stunning facility that we recently dedicated and have become the rave of the entire Erie community.
Selecting an architect to take on such an important task as building the Cathedral Prep Events Center was one of the most important decisions that we as a school have ever had to make. We needed someone who we could trust, who understood our needs, who was creative, who appreciated our limitations, and who could produce on our tight timeline. Thank you for more than fitting the bill. Not only did you design an attractive facility that incorporates many of the key architectural features of our original building, the facility is also ready for future expansion. Based on our very positive experiences with you, I would certainly recommend you and your team to any other group that is considering a building project.
Father Scott W. Jabo, President, Cathedral Preparatory School