St. Michael Special School celebrates with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

On August 28th, St. Michael Special School hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new chapel and restored Convent Building. Archbishop Gregory Aymond presided over the building’s dedication and blessing, followed by a prayer service. The ribbon-cutting marks the successful completion of a capital campaign begun during the celebration of the school’s 50th anniversary in 2015.

The project included the restoration of the circa 1850’s Greek Revival Convent Building, providing new classrooms, a music room, a technology lab,and a transition academy for young adults. A new chapel addition was constructed to the rear of the historic building, providing a dignified, light-filled space for daily student mass. The adjacent school building received a new entrance and refreshed interior spaces to provide a more inviting entry to the campus.

“St Michael School has survived and thrived for over 50 years, educating some of God’s most special children through the generosity of the greater New Orleans community,” says Maureen Huguley, a campaign co-chair. “The renovation was made possible by donations from our community; St. Michael School is grateful to have so many who recognize our mission and the over 200 special needs we serve.”

The restored and renovated buildings are an anchor for the school campus and help to reconnect the school to its Lower Garden District neighborhood.

Voelkel McWilliams Construction, LLC was the General Contractor for the project. Consultants include Heaslip Engineering (Civil, Structural) and ADG Engineering (MEP).