Conceived as the embodiment of education, technology and spirituality, the Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School represents one of the largest building projects undertaken by the Diocese of Pittsburgh, serving as many as 1,000 students.
Inspired by reflections of nature, a central, two-story, light-filled corridor serves as a pre-function lobby for COST PER SQ FT$378.38FEATURED IN2015 Educational Interiors ShowcaseINTERIOR CATEGORYClassrooms events in the 1,300-seat gymnasium and performances in the 950-seat auditorium. Natural materials—reclaimed lumber, polished concrete flooring and slate veneers—enhance the organic palette of the corridor, which leads to a 275-seat chapel. Full-height glazing behind the altar extends the view toward a Lourdes-inspired grotto.
The classroom wing encircles the chapel as a reinforcement of faith. Full-height, operable windows expand the vista outward while clerestory windows bring in natural light. Classrooms and labs are designed with flexibility to accommodate multiple furniture arrangements and an evolving curriculum.
Sustainable measures include community connectivity, water and energy efficiency, use of recycled materials, and indoor air quality. The high school is the first in Pennsylvania to achieve LEED for Schools 2009 Silver certification.