BUFFALO, N.Y. — Nardin Academy is breaking ground on a new gymnasium and wellness center on its Cleveland Avenue campus.

The project is expected to be completed by September 2020.

The facility will include a regulation-sized competition gymnasium and locker rooms above the school’s parking lot. 

The new wellness center will be on the ground floor, along with offices and a plaza with an open lobby. There will also be more parking spaces added.

“A competition gymnasium will allow Nardin to maximize activity time and adopt a more flexible curriculum,” said President Marsha Joy Sullivan. “We will now be able to host tournaments with space for families and other spectators and build a stronger sense of community in our own building by physically connecting the elementary and high schools.”

The school's basketball and volleyball teams will be able to return to the school. They've both been practicing and playing home games in a rented space at Villa Maria College.

The wellness center will have strength and conditioning space and fitness classes and educational programming. There will be a focus on health-related topics and holistic approaches.

“The importance of educating the whole child – in mind and in body – has always been the foundation of Nardin’s educational philosophy,” said Lisa Walsh, chairwoman of the Academy’s Board of Trustees. “This expansion will connect students with ample opportunities to grow mentally and physically.”