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Construction Begins on New 42,000 Square-Foot Hub for Health and Wellness

Boston, Mass. (May 2, 2024): On Friday morning at a special groundbreaking ceremony attended by Boston College High school faculty and staff, alumni, parents, Board members, and elected officials, the school officially broke ground on the Patrick F. Cadigan ’52 Family Foundation Wellness Complex. The Wellness Complex was made possible by a historic $49 million gift – the largest in school history and the largest ever to a Catholic secondary school in New England – from late alumnus Pat Cadigan in April 2022.

Once complete, the 42,000 square-foot Wellness Complex will feature a 6,200 square foot state-of-the-art strength and conditioning area; a 3,700 square foot cardio space; a 1,000 square foot athletic training center; and an eight lane, 25-meter pool with 1 meter and 3-meter diving boards. It will also include a flexible classroom space, complete with a wellness kitchen, to help BC High students learn about and incorporate healthy, nutritious foods into their active lifestyles.

“The Cadigan gift – this building bearing Pat’s name – is transformational for our school,” said President Grace Cotter Regan. “Unprecedented for a high school, certainly, but BC High was never just a high school to Pat – this was his home, and his classmates were his family. We will work hard each day to continue to honor this man who has left an indelible mark on our hearts.”

Boston City Councilor Ed Flynn, Boston City Councilor-At-Large Erin Murphy, former Boston City Councilor Frank Baker, former Boston City Councilor-At-Large Michael Flaherty ’87, and Cadigan Communities Associate Maria Cadigan were all on hand to celebrate the groundbreaking.

“As we celebrate the new Wellness Complex, we also honor the timeless brotherhood that defines BC High,” said Flaherty. “I am proud of BC High’s continued legacy in shaping compassionate leaders like Pat Cadigan to be men for others who carry forward our shared values into the world.”

Cadigan’s daughter, Maria, was on hand to officially break ground on behalf of the Patrick F. Cadigan Family Foundation, established in 2002 to help further her father’s philanthropic vision and commitment to supporting the institutions that played a pivotal role in his personal formation and professional success.

“Dad felt a strong personal responsibility to give back to the schools that contributed to the man he became and to the success he achieved,” said Maria Cadigan. “He always told me that his time at BC High truly formed him as a person. His Jesuit teachers, and the relationships and fellowship he had with his classmates, were powerful influences on him. They instilled in him the values and discipline needed to be successful in every aspect of both his business and his life.”

The construction of the Wellness Complex underscores the student health and wellness priorities outlined in BC High’s High’s Vision 2026 Strategic Plan announced in February 2022.

The space was designed by Boston architectural firm Eck MacNeely Architects, and the project is being overseen by Quincy-based construction company. Lee Kennedy Co.

Additional details about the construction of the Wellness Complex, including initial renderings, are available on the BC High website.

About Boston College High School: Boston College High School is a Jesuit, Catholic, college-preparatory school for young men in grades 7 to 12. Founded in 1863, the school enrolls approximately 1,500 students from more than 140 communities in eastern Massachusetts. For more information, please visit bchigh.edu.