Troy, Mich., August 9, 2021 – KIRCO MANIX announced today that it is currently working on the construction of Shrine Catholic Schools’ $2.1 million, state-of-the-art athletic field located on its high school and academy campus. Completion of the project is expected by Fall 2021.
“We are pleased to have been selected by Shrine Catholic Schools for this important investment in the future of its schools and students,” said Mike Moore, vice president of operations for KIRCO MANIX. “We hope that the athletic complex will bring new opportunities to its current student athletes, as well as help attract new students to their already thriving Catholic schools.”
According to Moore, the design team (led by TMP Architecture) and Shrine’s owner representative for the project (The Monahan Co.) were impressed with the classroom, auditorium and athletic complex renovation projects KIRCO MANIX recently completed at Divine Child in Dearborn, Mich. Additionally, the recommendation and previous positive work experiences with the Archdiocese of Detroit, led KIRCO MANIX to be part of the Shrine team.
“We made a promise to our Shrine community which we always intended to fulfill. The initial title of our campaign was ‘The Time is Now.’ There was no disclaimer that outside forces (such as the pandemic) would break this commitment,” said Fr. Joe Horn, president of Shrine Catholic Schools and rector of the National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica. “The time has come to construct an athletic complex where athletes can safely perform to their highest potential, students and families can support one another, and generations of traditions and memories can be made.”
The renovated athletic complex will feature a concussion safety pad and new artificial turf, which will allow for expanded use of the field regardless of weather. Permanent lighting is also being installed to allow for evening use by Shrine’s title winning teams. New ornamental fencing and added landscape will enhance Shrine’s campus look as well.
Among the teams that will practice and play on the new field include its grade school, academy and high school football, soccer and lacrosse teams. The school system also plans to provide the greater community with the opportunity to rent the field for future events.
About Shrine Catholic Schools and National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica
Shrine Catholic Schools are parish schools of the National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica in Royal Oak, Michigan. Founded in 1934, the schools provide a co-educational Christ-centered learning environment for Pre-K through 12thgrade, with a focus on excellence in college preparatory education as well as extracurricular activities and many after-school programs and clubs. The National Shrine of the Little Flower, named a minor Basilica in 2015 by Pope Francis, was founded in 1926 and serves a parish of approximately 4,200 families in and throughout the Metro-Detroit area.
About KIRCO MANIX
Operating throughout the region since 1929, KIRCO MANIX provides construction services in the following market sectors: corporate office and headquarters; advanced manufacturing / research and design; warehouse / distribution; retail; healthcare; and senior living market. The company offers customers a unique, full-service approach by managing the design, engineering and construction phase through the eyes of an owner. For more information, please visit www.kircomanix.com or call 248.354.5100.
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