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St. Mary’s Dominican Hall Renovation and New STREAM Addition

Client

St. Mary's Dominican High School

Location

New Orleans, Louisiana

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St. Mary’s Dominican High School is a private all girl’s high school located in New Orleans. St. Mary’s Hall became the new home for St. Mary’s Dominican High School in 1963 when the school moved from its original site on St. Charles Avenue. The current campus has grown with the addition of the O’Farrell Complex in 1993 and the Siena Center in 2006. The new STREAM (Science, Technology, Religion, English and Math) addition and renovation for St. Mary’s Dominican High School consists of approximately 17,000 square feet of new construction and 12,400 square feet of minor renovations and retains Aquinas Hall.

St. Mary’s Dominican High School released this fantastic video showcasing the new center and their STREAM initiative:

The first level of the addition provides a main entry for the students to St. Mary’s Hall with a two story lobby space and includes the technology center and relocated adoration chapel.

The second level of the addition is a mix of lab spaces, prep rooms, and support spaces. There will be a total of 10 science labs; including 8 traditional labs with prep rooms, 1 robotics lab and classroom, and 1 science research lab.

One aspect of the program is to improve accessibility to the existing St. Mary’s Hall. To achieve this, BKA designed a centrally located elevator and stair tower along with an extension of the second floor to connect the new addition with the existing Hall.