The Academy of the Sacred Heart recently began the first phase of a major renovation to its historic Rosary Campus located at 4521 St. Charles Avenue, between Jena and Cadiz Streets.
The first phase of the capital project, referred to as the Rosary Renewal Project, is comprised of a transformation of approximately 4,500 square feet within the existing second floor of the eastern wing of the building into a new Global Education Commons and four new classrooms.
“The Rosary Renewal Project is the largest and most ambitious project in our current capital campaign,” said Head of School Micheline Dutil. “This represents the last major project to be completed under our Strategic Plan, “Inspiring Faith-Filled Women of Courage and Confidence,” which has guided the past five years of transformations across our school to support the increase of academic rigor and innovation, while also enhancing the sustainability and efficiency of this historic New Orleans landmark.”
As the signature feature of the Rosary Renewal Project, the Global Education Commons will serve as a multidisciplinary learning and seminar space dedicated to Sacred Heart’s signature Global Education initiative. Regular classroom activities will take place here, and it will be suited for hosting special events with partners in the local community and around the world, via its large format audio visual capabilities. In addition to this space, the first phase of the Rosary Renewal will include the build-out of four new Upper School classrooms, of approximately 475 square feet each, with updated technology.
The construction process has recently begun, and the estimated completion date is the end of January 2022. Future phases of the Rosary Renewal Project are already being developed, and in total the project will comprise 64,000 square feet of total project area, inclusive of 36 newly designed and configured classrooms, three new large spaces for student commons, seven newly constructed science labs, 12 new restroom units and 6,300 square feet of enhanced outdoor space for teaching, studying and gathering.
A new HVAC system is included in this project to enhance the air distribution throughout the historic building, and energy-efficient features will be implemented, as part of the school’s commitment to sustainability. A key theme and focus of this project is to preserve the beautiful and historically significant features of the campus while advancing the interior educational features in alignment with best practices in teaching, learning and leadership development.
Key players in this project include: Blitch Knevel Architects; Ryan Gootee General Contractors, LLC; and Albright Management Strategies, LLC.
Groundbreaking photo from left: Sacred Heart Head of School Micheline Dutil, Board of Trustees Member Wil Jacobs, 8th grade student Emily Guider, Board of Trustees Chair Larry DeMarcay, 12th grade student Ava McGoey, Capital Campaign co-chair Ellen Manning, Little Hearts student Charlotte McDonald, 4th grade student Louise Hymel, capital campaign co-chair J.P. Hymel, Owner’s Representative and Sacred Heart parent Rachelle Albright and General Contractor and Sacred Heart parent Ryan Gootee.