City, WPS Celebrate Milestone in Wendell Cross Construction

Wendell Cross Hoists Final Beam (November 6, 2020)

The City of Waterbury and Waterbury Public Schools are delighted to celebrate the progress of the construction of the new Wendell Cross Pre-K to 8 School with a ‘topping off’ ceremony.

“The hoisting of the final beam on Friday is an exciting step towards completion of this transformational Pre-K through 8 school construction project,” said Mayor Neil M. O’Leary. “With the support of the State of Connecticut, the new Wendell Cross School will provide our students with a 21st century learning environment, while addressing challenges associated with the city’s increased student enrollment.”

“We are excited about the progress being made on the new Wendell Cross School,” said Superintendent Verna D. Ruffin. “This school will be a great addition to Waterbury Public Schools and a delivery on a commitment to the students and families for a beautiful structure with opportunities for growth in a state-of-the art learning environment. I plan on making many site visits as this project proceeds towards completion. Today marks a wonderful milestone in the construction of our new school.”

The city’s Board of Aldermen and Board of Education initially approved the project in 2016. The groundbreaking in October of 2019 marked the beginning of Phase I of the Project. Following a multi-year process and the dedication and commitment of several local and state agencies and community stakeholders, Wendell Cross will be a state-of-the-art Pre-K through 8 school, welcoming nearly 700 students with stimulating classrooms and creative art, music and technology spaces. The school will also have a secure vestibule for visitor access.

“Newfield Construction is pleased to be part of another successful school construction project with the City of Waterbury,” said Project Manager Brian Grant. “The topping off of this structure represents not only the hard work and dedication of the project team and skilled tradesmen on site every day, but the vision and efforts of countless individuals at both the local and state levels that made this project a reality. We look forward to seeing this project through to completion and to the opportunities it will provide the students of Wendell Cross Elementary as well as the surrounding community.”

Mayor O’Leary and Superintendent Ruffin extend their gratitude to the myriad of individuals who have collaborated on this impactful project, including the Office of Governor Ned Lamont, the Connecticut Department of Administrative Services, our legislative delegation, the city Board of Aldermen, the city Board of Education, Newfield Construction, Friar Architecture, the Waterbury Development Corporation and city and school district officials.

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