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COTE Tour: Central Catholic High School “Link” Addition

February 6, 2017

Friday, April 7
4PM-5PM | $5-35


Central Catholic High School’s first wing was built in 1939. Since then, a succession of additions filled out the urban four-block site, and CCHS transformed from a 1,000-male student body to a vibrant 800-student co-ed population. Six years ago, the school challenged Bora to develop a plan to modernize the building and provide a 21st century learning environment while retaining the culture of the CCHS community. With almost nowhere to develop on the site, the design and construction team looked for ways to expand downward, upward, and within the existing building.

The first phase of this new vision is the Monsignor Tim Murphy Center. With two stories above grade plus a basement level, it ties into the existing building, forming a continuous “loop” at the ground level and connecting to the day-lit basement. The new wing hosts a mix of sustainable elements including extensive daylighting, super-efficient mechanical systems, and sustainable landscaping, as well as the design supports the school’s goals of responsible stewardship and provides anticipated energy savings 67% over code minimum. The students were engaged throughout the design process, participating in programming workshops, and touring our office during design resulting in a transparent and communal learning environment expressive of the school’s vision.

(4) Learning Objectives:
1) How we accomplished daylighting in the Commons and Classrooms.
2) How the VRF mechanical systems helped provide anticipated energy savings 67% over code minimum.
3) How to incorporate sustainable landscaping while encouraging the use of outdoor space.
4) Exploring ways to include the user and have the process be inclusive and a mentoring opportunity. How to get the students engaged throughout the design process and participate in programming workshops.

Meeting location
Main school entry on the corner of SE Stark and SE 24th, parking is in the lot across the street or on the street.

Richard Battaglia, Project Architect, Bora Architects