BRA reviews BC High’s latest new building

Boston College High School will add a new, 28,000 square foot athletic and fine arts facility to its Morrissey Boulevard campus next year— if the proposal clears an ongoing review by the Boston redevelopment Authority. The BRA was set to convene a community meeting about the proposed building— named Cadigan Hall— on Wednesday evening, after the Reporter went to press. (The meeting was initially set for later in the month, but was moved up to Sept. 5.) The public comment period on the project will remain open through Monday, Sept. 10, according to the BRA’s project manager, Lance Campbell.

BC High submitted plans for the project in July. The new structure would connect to existing campus buildings in two locations: parallel to the existing “breezeway” adjacent to McNeice Pavilion and at the east end of Cushing Hall.

The new building will be named for Patrick F. Cadigan, a BC High alumnus who pledged $12 million to the project earlier this year. The center for arts and recreation that will bear his name will provide additional studio space for BC High’s fine and performing arts program and a new gymnasium for its Arrupe middle school division.

Cadigan’s gift is the largest in the school’s history and the largest ever received by a Catholic secondary school in New England. Cadigan has also pledged an additional $15 million to Boston College, which will dedicate the Cadigan Alumni Center next month, a new facility that will house BC’s fundraising, alumni relations, and parent relations offices.

Though separately incorporated, Boston College and Boston College High School share a common history and sponsorship by the Society of Jesus. Both schools will celebrate the 150th anniversary of their founding next year with sesquicentennial activities beginning this year, including an anniversary Mass at Fenway Park on Saturday, Sept. 15.

For more information on the Cadigan Hall proposal, contact Lance Campbell at the BRA at 617-918-4311.