Building on the success of "Extreme Makeover" television, Bishop Ward High School’s steering committee journeyed down the path of modernizing one classroom as a first step to invigorate alumni and friends with what could become a complete renovation of the historic 75-year-old building. Options were explored, and because of a deplorable learning CAPACITY30COST PER SQ FT$167.00FEATURED IN2009 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYRenovation and numerous safety concerns, the chemistry classroom was selected as the area with the greatest need for improvement.
The design principles for the 1,700-square-foot renovation were identified: Enhance the school’s history; create an energizing space for science education; incorporate Catholic faith in the learning environment; and improve safety. Colors and symbols were used to support the school’s history, and the organic layout and special features provide an environment that encourages students in their work. Custom tile murals of St. Albert (Patron Saint of Science) and a 1930 Periodic Table of Elements provide a connection to the Catholic faith and its historical relationship in science.
This project was made possible through the generosity of key supporters and a grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.