Mercy High School
The scope of this project involved development of a Master Plan, including programming, project alternatives, conceptual planning, and budget estimates. The master plan provided an evaluation of the capacity and conditions of the site, including athletic field development, building structures, and the ability to accommodate the current and anticipated program for the foreseeable future. This master plan was developed through the evaluation of current conditions, anticipated program for the future, and improvements outlined to meet the program.
The first phase of the project included the design of the new gym, replacing the original undersized gym from the mid 1960’s; providing a college sized basketball court, divider curtain to create two half gyms suitable for volleyball and bleachers to support full school events. Also, a new lobby adjacent to the Gym and other public core areas such as the Auditorium and Cafeteria improved internal circulation and security, as well as, access to the current athletic fields.
The second phase divided and renovated the original gym into a new music suite and multi-purpose room. Both functions taking advantage of the high space to create an acoustically enhanced space for music and performing arts, as these spaces are adjacent to the stage and auditorium. The multi-purpose portion retains a half court basketball court, can accommodate a full sized volleyball court, and is suitable for various athletics, PE, and events such as science or book fairs. As music found a new home, the old music room became a larger weight training room, and allowed for an improved trainer’s room. An under-utilized classroom became a student lounge the “Tiger’s Den” which is heavily used all day and for before and after school activities. The existing cafeteria was completely redone and enhanced by a new curtainwall assembly on the western elevation, which was notorious for heat gain in the afternoons, and heat loss the rest of the time. Also the curtainwall with a low wall, high performance glazing and security glazing helped to secure the buildings perimeter while providing views of the athletic fields. Other security improvements were made at all access points to the building which provides for better staff oversight, surveillance and access control.