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CBHS to begin construction this month on BDC athletic complex

CBHS to begin construction this month on BDC athletic complex

Christian Brothers High School will break ground this month on a new multi-purpose athletic facility, the Brothers Development Center. The $10 million complex is part of a series of major campus renovations that reflect the school’s commitment to the renewal of the 50-year-old campus at 5900 Walnut Grove Road.

The school has been in the silent phase of a $25 million capital campaign since November of 2014. The campaign is chaired by David Popwell (CBHS ’78), president and COO of First Tennessee Bank; Bob McEniry ’59, NexAir chairman; and Tim McCarver ’59, retired Hall of Fame broadcaster and two-time World Series champion.

The Brothers Development Center is designed to accommodate over 600 students who are currently participating in some form of organized sports. The 50,000 square foot facility will host a variety of college athletics quality amenities such as two state of the art training and weight rooms, a sports medicine and therapy area designed with input from Dr. Fred Azar, Chief of Staff at Campbell Clinic, a film and reception area with panoramic views of the schools’ athletic campus, a multi-function wrestling arena to accommodate one of the largest and most successful programs in the South, as well as expanded locker rooms for the two largest sports on campus, football and lacrosse.

“We wanted to have facilities that not only provided for logistical needs, but reflected the value that the Christian Brothers have always placed on the development of young men,” said Chris Fay, principal of the 144-year-old Memphis school. “The facility will not only fill a practical need, but will enhance the experience of our students, visiting teams and fans.”

Construction is expected to last a year or more. Linkous Construction is the general contractor, and Fleming Architects is the project architect.

The parking lot behind Heffernan will remained closed throughout the remainder of construction. An access road will be built from the back gate to the construction site and the project should not affect traffic in the main parking lot in front of the school.

The capital campaign will remain in the “silent” phase as school officials and volunteers engage alumni and friends in leadership gifts toward completing funding for the BDC as well as additional projects. It’s important to note that all of the campus improvements are being paid for by generous philanthropic investments from alumni and friends. No costs will be passed on to our student families through tuition or operating budget dollars.

There will come a time when the school will invite public participation in the capital campaign from current and past parents on a voluntary basis. If you have any questions or would like to be engaged in the silent phase of the campaign, please contact our campaign director, Ken Kimble (CBHS ’92) at kkimble@cbhs.org .

In the meantime, please take a moment to view this campaign video, produced and featuring, two time world series champion, Hall of Fame and Emmy Award winning Sportscaster, Tim McCarver (CBHS ’59) shot in person at Wrigley Field in Chicago earlier this year https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9RAyLY5viQM