Community Invited to Thompson Center at PMA

May 6, 2016



by Kaylee Murphy

The next step at Presentation of Mary Academy in Hudson will happen on May 26, when after almost three years of planning and fundraising, the school is ready to have a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the physical start of construction.  The plans are ready, the i’s have been dotted and all the t’s crossed.

This is part of the strategic plan at the academy to bring “a legacy of excellence beyond academics.”

Starting at 1 p.m., shovels will move the ground (where the gap between the original 1927 building and the 2012 turf athletic field will be filled) with this addition.  The PMA Choir and the entire student body will be singing at this historic and happy event.  Each student will be given a special commemorative pail and shovel so they can fully participate in the ceremony.  There will be a prayer service after the groundbreaking ceremony with special guests and dignitaries, and then there will be refreshments for all the guests in the old gym.

The gym will be completed in 2017.  The new center will have a 36,000-square-foot gymnasium with a high school-sized divisible court.  This will allow multiple simultaneous sports practices and gym classes.  PMA currently offers the co-curricular sports of golf, cross country, basketball (boys and girls), lacrosse, softball and cheer.  The new bleacher seating will allow room for 300 and will include locker rooms, bathrooms and a concession stand.  PMA’s current gym was built back in 1928, but it has supporting columns in the court and only allows for a 9.5 foot rim.

The new center will provide 1,400 seats for stage productions.  Currently the largest meeting area in the building, which is the Alumni Hall, only has enough seating for 180.  Neither the Alumni Hall nor the current gym has enough capacity to hold the entire student body.  Multipurpose rooms will also be created, and an elevator will be added.  Two additional parking lots will be built and there will be a total of 300 spaces.

The overall cost of the Thompson Center For Athletics And Performing Arts will be $8.5 million.

For more information e-mail Diana LaMothe at or call 889-6054, ext. 200.  Be sure to RSVP by May 16.