About the project
The Always Be initiative is a comprehensive renovation program for all academic, office and common spaces within the main building that was constructed in 1959-1960. Much work has been done over the last five years in preparation for this initiative, including:
- Comprehensive Master Facilities Plan with SHP (Local architectural firm specializing in education and complex renovation)
- Philanthropic study
- Internal and external studies of key constituents
- Approval by the La Salle Board of Limited Jurisdiction
- Approval by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati
Phases 1 & 2 of the renovation includes:
- Fire suppression
- Abatement of older floors and ceilings
- Installing new windows
- Upgrading security technology
- Conditioned air in all academic and office spaces
- Upgrading and relocating utilities including water, gas and electric
- Refinishing all academic, office and common spaces
(floors 1, 2 and 3)
- Relocating art room out of the basement to provide for natural light
- Flipping the front of the school, facing North Bend Road, to the back of the school
- Shifting administrative offices to the first floor providing for efficiencies with leadership teams and added security for students
Total Cost: $8,500,000
Not included in this renovation is a new fine arts center and gymnasium. These two projects are a part of Phases 3 and 4 of the master facilites plan.
“It is wonderful to give back to a place that gave me so much. I’m just happy to be able to do it,” Bob Dorsey '75 shared.
Our graduates are helping to fuel the school. In October 2019, we received our largest gift in La Salle's history! Bob Dorsey, class of 1975 graduate, and his wife Lisa donated $2 million dollars to our Always Be initiative. As a result of this extremely generous donation and other major gifts from alumni and community partners, construction will begin during the summer of 2020 to bring La Salle's facilities into the 21st century.