Master Plan, Science Lab Renovation
Cor Jesu Academy is a private, Catholic, college-preparatory high school owned and operated by the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The science lab renovation is one aspect of the school’s master plan developed by M+H in 2008. The design of the labs is based on a collaborative process facilitated by M+H. The concepts for the design included a discussion with the science department faculty, CJA administrative staff, and alumnae and parents in the field of science. This diverse group brings the knowledge and experience necessary to develop the labs for the current needs of teaching science as well as the practical applications for entering college and ultimately the work force.
The new labs, completed in 2011, integrate various technologies including student laptops with probes and sensors as well as specialized equipment. The labs accommodate the fundamentals of group labs and collaboration as well as advanced independent study and research projects.
Convent Building Assessment
When the new Master Plan at Cor Jesu Academy called for a new drive lane along the east property, requiring a portion of the Convent to be demolished, the overall value of the Convent was called into question. M+H evaluated the existing building on the merit of doing a partial demolition, renovation and addition to the building in lieu of constructing a new Convent. The walk-thru of the Convent indicated that the building appeared to be structurally sound and in good condition. Deficiencies were identified such as the condition of the existing roof, tuckpointing, and window replacements. M+H generated a building code evaluation to determine the extent of modifications required to meet the currently adopted building codes. Interior finishes and construction were evaluated for their condition and whether to be patched and maintained or replaced with new materials or construction. A cost estimate was generated in order to evaluate the cost of the renovation compared to the replacement value.