St. Jerome Catholic School
New K8 School
St. Jerome’s Parish plans include expansion into a multi-phase school and worship space. Growing needs and a changing area make it necessary to reach out into the community and provide a larger and more efficient school. The design of the school building, developed from a study of the site conditions, blends with this rural setting plus the neighboring residential and institutional properties. A natural wetland at the Southeast portion of the site and an engineered detention pond enhance onsite water retention and quality. Ball fields for the church and school bring in families from the surrounding communities. The building houses a K-8 two track school with approximately 500 students. The design includes a gym, cafeteria, and library as well as all office and support functions. It is arrayed to maximize solar gain during late autumn, winter, and early spring, while providing enhanced cross ventilation during warm weather. The masonry building is structured to carry the load of a second story should it be needed in the future. Recyclable materials, including stained concrete floors, have been used in this project.