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Renovations at future Powers High School are on schedule

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(02/07/13) - Construction is well underway at the future Powers Catholic High School in Flint. Last September, students at the Michigan School for the Deaf moved into a new building, leaving their old classroom building for Powers.

Fay Hall, which turns 100 years old this year, will be the main building on the new Powers campus. It's being brought up to date with the latest classroom technology.

"It's the largest project in Genesee County right now under construction and we're really excited to be on time and under budget," said Ridgway White, of Lurvey White Ventures, a real estate development firm.

In addition to the renovations being done to Fay Hall, a large wing is being added. White says designers and architects were keeping in mind the beauty of the original building. They want to capture that essence.

"We juxtaposed that old, historic Fay Hall against the new and modern. I think it creates this sort of collegial atmosphere for the Powers Catholic High School," White said.

The 85,000 square foot addition will comprise a media center, auditorium and gymnasium.

"It's sort of like an old fashioned barn raising, you know. Everybody's pitching in to get the job done for Powers because it's the right thing to do for this community," White said.

Earth moving equipment is busy behind the buildings, shaping a new athletic field. The ground is frozen solid, but that's not hampering progress.

"It's a part of the job, I guess. We'd rather have firm ground than a lot of mud like last year," White said.

Powers officials are more than willing to show off the new campus to anyone who cares to visit.

"Give them a call at the school and they're happy to give you a tour of the new building anytime you want," White said.

Total cost of the project is $22 million. Powers will move on to the new campus this summer.

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