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Pope Francis Preparatory School
Springfield, MA

In 2011, a rare tornado touched down in Western Massachusetts, coming across the Connecticut River and ripping through downtown Springfield, which was home to Cathedral High School. Unfortunately Cathedral High School so damaged, it was determined that the school could not be repaired. The Dioceses of Springfield decided to rebuild the school in its entirety. The existing school was demolished and a new, state-of-the art school was rebuilt on the existing site.

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We worked with the Dioceses of Springfield and CBT Architects to rebuild this historic school, operating since 1883, and to transform that area. As site topography was challenging, careful coordination with CBT allowed the building to be set into the hillside, opening up the site for greater design improvements.


Fuss & O’Neill was responsible for site design, engineering, and landscape architectural components. We designed solutions for traffic and pedestrian control. The entryway was designed to facilitate heavier pedestrian traffic with wide walkways and private seating areas. We provided design and construction of tennis courts, baseball and softball fields, a practice field, and a synthetic turf multi-sport field with a track and a press box/bleacher system. We designed and detailed school signage. As we look to integrate green infrastructure into every project, we used bio-retention basins at the shallow end of the site.

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    146 Hartford Road, Manchester, CT 06040