St. Peter’s Schools wanted a facility that met the needs of both the school and the parish. The school needed a new gymnasium, locker rooms and weightroom. The parish needed a gathering space for small receptions, catering kitchen and meeting rooms.
A multilevel building was designed by using the 14-foot drop of the existing site. This created a one-story front COST PER SQ FT$84.00FEATURED IN1999 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSpecialized to complement the surrounding residential community.
The main gymnasium area, locker rooms, restrooms and weightroom are on the lower level, while the main lobby and mezzanine are at street level. Both areas overlook the gymnasium.
The building has multiple entrances so the lower-level gymnasium can be used simultaneously with the upper-level atrium and reception areas without disturbances.
Because of the various entrances, the circulation was kept to a minimum; most circulation occurs through the upper- and lower-level lobbies.
The building is mostly masonry construction with a combination of split-face concrete block and brick. The main structure of the gymnasium utilizes a pre-engineered structure with masonry veneer.
The activity center evokes a great sense of pride to the students, faculty and the parish. Together, they raised all of the $2.1 million.
Photographer: ©Jim Celuch