After more than 50 years at a cramped downtown site, Southern Nevada’s only Catholic high school moved to a much larger, 35-acre campus that included its first on-site sports complex. Educational activities are conducted in three main structures: an administration building, chapel, and the education and event building, all grouped around four distinct courtyards. These CAPACITY1,200COST PER SQ FT$411.00FEATURED IN2008 Architectural Portfolio pay reverence to courtyards in Catholic monasteries; offer a protective, calming environment; and serve to separate purely educational areas from more public spaces.
Four distinct learning modules are the product of the education program: humanities, science, arts and general studies. The modules also are linked directly to the strategically situated centers of student life—the library and commons. Connectivity among classrooms, public spaces and courtyards was paramount in providing a well-rounded educational experience. In addition, each space, whether interior or exterior, was scrutinized carefully to provide maximum flexibility in order to meet the needs of today, as well as future needs. Architectural materials enhance religious connotations and reflect the school’s arid climate context.