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Entry number: B08018
Statement of Design Approach:
Principally funded by private donations, the length of time from design inception to construction completion was extended over a number of years. Coupled with the long and beloved history of the school, the design process morphed into an extended collaborative effort including not only the administration and faculty, but also alumni and major donors. Furthermore, the design process continued during construction, making continuity in the overall design imperative. The new campus has reinvigorated the students and faculty, with the architecture reinforcing progressive education coupled with traditional religious teachings.
Ultimately the decision was made to acquire a thirty five acre parcel and build a new facility that could adequately meet the needs of students for decades to come. This new location provides ample area for athletic facilities, while permitting a comfortable educational environment for a maximum of 1,200 students. The new site includes a football stadium, baseball and softball fields, a soccer field with track facilities, tennis courts, and several large parking areas.
A unique, multi-function chapel is the religious center of the school. Subdivided by a movable partition, the space can function as a two hundred seat chapel and a fully functional classroom, or be opened up to a full three hundred seats allowing one class of students to attend mass at one time. Two main event venues, the gymnasium and a theater, are accessed from a large, central lobby. The theater includes 350 seats and a full height flyhouse while the gymnasium contains approximately 1,700 seats.
Strategically located in the center of the complex are the Library and Commons, the two centers of the daily lives of the students. As the intellectual center for the students, the library houses both traditional and technologically advanced media to broaden the educational experience. The Commons, where students gather for meals and to socialize, includes a demountable stage and sound system for school dances and other social activities.
Daylighting the interior of the school was of particular importance, not only to improve the performance of the students but also to reduce the energy consumption of artificial lighting. Clerestory windows bath all interior circulation spaces in natural light with wide roof overhangs shading the windows. The infusion of daylight continues in the classrooms, where indirect light fixtures augment the daylight thereby creating comfortable and uniform lighting levels while saving energy.
A state of the art mechanical control system strictly regulates building systems throughout the school day and year to reduce wasted energy and to focus central plan capacities in appropriate areas. To further reduce equipment loads and energy use, all rooftop equipment was placed within the building structure to reduce heat loads on the equipment.
Sustainable materials were incorporated in the project with an additional focus on durability. Most notable was the selection of linoleum for all high traffic areas including the student corridors and Main Lobby for ease of maintenance and durability. Another material extensively used in the campus is synthetic turf which significantly reduces water consumption.
Material in ASL Library: Form Core Boards, Project Description Form, Exteriors Photos, Location Map, Site Plan, Floor Plan, and Interior Photos
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