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The Campaign for Cathedral

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Goal: $18 Million, $16.5M Building, $1.5M CCS


Meet the Team!

Director of the Campaign for Cathedral
 Marit (Hartjes) Ortega '97

Director of Advancement
 Chris Schellinger

Campaign Chronology & Final Steps

Vision and Master Planning

Cathedral High School Master Plan 2018 includes capital improvement projects (Goal #9).

Extensive research, discussions and visits to other schools performed.

Several committee meetings conducted for pre-design research.

Guiding Principles and Operative Assumptions created and adopted as official school policy.

Cuningham Architecture engaged to propose pre-design concepts, which are delivered with a price tag of $30,000,000+.

Testing the Concept

Bob & Kathy Lahr named Volunteer National Co-Chairs of The Campaign for Cathedral.

Testing the Concept sessions are conducted, during which 300+ people give 98% approval for the Cuningham proposals.  In addition to 300+, constituent groups such as faculty, staff, students and parents also give approval.

Testing the Concept article and preliminary images published in Cathedral Magazine.

Testing the Capacity

Testing the Capacity sessions held, during which face-to-face interviews and research suggest that $15,000,000 could be raised if everything aligned perfectly.

Goal adjusted from $30,000,000 to $15,000,000; two phases announced.

Boards' Approval

All governance levels approve the go-ahead to begin fundraising for The Campaign for Cathedral.

Financing the Vision

Face-to-face visits conducted with dozens of donors provide leadership commitments approaching 2/3 of the goal.

Design Phase

Construction Manager Selection Task Force formed.

McGough selected as Construction Manager.

Design Professional Selection Task Force formed.

ATS&R Architechts selected as Design Professional.

Twelve-member Building Committee appointed by the Cathedral Board of Directors.

Weekly and sometimes daily work sessions are conducted with the architects and the entire design/build team.

Soil borings completed.

Site survey completed.

Legal work completed; contracts signed.

Final design development by ATS&R approved.

Neighborhood meeting conducted.

Final Steps

City of St. Cloud Planning Commission approval received.

Diocese of St. Cloud Building Committee approval received.

Approval from City of St. Cloud City Council.

Approval from Diocese of St. Cloud Finance Council.

Approval from church officials.

Complete construction drawings (ATS&R).

Complete final bids (McGough).

Break ground.

Complete construction.