As Cathedral Prep finished off the year 2014-2015 school year, they introduced a series of renovations to what was formerly known as the Cathedral Prep Event Center (CPEC). Everyone has been excited about what is being added to the already amazing facility. Soon, the facilities will be on a whole new level.
All students got a sneak peek at those renovations delivered to us by Father Jabo. That only made it that much harder to wait to get to experience the facility. The newly named Prep and Villa Event Center (PVEC) will be ready for use soon. The gymnasium should be completed and ready for daily use by mid-to-late October while the natatorium is expected to be ready for use by mid-to-late November.
As it is well known, the PVEC already has the amazing Dollinger Field for outdoor sporting events.Mr. Thomas Schumacher (’03), operations manager of the PVEC, graciously shared some information about what to expect from the new facilities. The additions include the Joann Mullen Gymnasium, the David M. Hallman III Aquatics Center, a team media room, a strength and training room, a school spirit store, four new locker rooms, a trainer’s room, and a few administrative offices.
“Many updates have been [added] to the pre-existing facility also, including a major revamp of audio/visual equipment and the wireless internet system.” Schumacher said. Even more exciting changes occurred at The Rambler Café, which has been renamed. Café 64 will offer catering services as well as its concession sales and increased hours of operation.
As some may have heard, there was a slight delay in the renovation process during the summer which extended the finish date of the project. “While small delays are always to be expected when dealing with large construction projects,” Schumacher said, “we did experience a longer-than-expected delay primarily due to high levels of moisture, specifically on the gymnasium side of things.” Thanks to the rain and the wetness of the land in general, it took longer for the concrete slab that was poured for the gymnasium floor to cure. That was the only major glitch in the process of the construction. “However, those roadblocks are behind us and we’re full steam ahead now,” Schumacher assured.
The aquatics center will have a three-lane warming pool and a separate all-deep competition pool. Swimming event participants will get to experience their sport in a professional way due to the uniqueness of the pool as it is the only one like it in Erie.
“Also, the facility now boasts a closed circuit television system where games occurring on the field, in the gym or in the pool can be streamed lived to the main concourse,” Schumacher said. Imagine, going to grab a beverage or something to eat without missing any of the action or cheering on the home team while staying indoors away from the weather hazards outside.
As it was before, PVEC will not only be a facility for those who attend Prep and Villa. It is available for the whole city to use and experience to give them that professional experience that they strive for.
It is a privilege to everyone who gets to use this facility. It is already being used on a daily basis, but that will only increase once it is a finished project. “To be a part of this renovation process has been truly special.” Schumacher said. “I don’t even have to comment on how it will turn out because the facility, even in its current state of construction, truly speaks for itself.” He also believes that it will have a great impact on student experience, as that will mark the true success of the renovation project.