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SAN JUAN DIEGO CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL

AUSTIN, TEXAS

A new 65,000 SF two story high school is located in South Austin on an existing church campus. The original scope of the project was to build a facility to support a total student population of 500 utilizing multiple construction phases to coincide with fund raising efforts.

The design team, working closely with the owner and construction manager, identified that the construction phasing could be streamlined to save cost. The building features a second floor shell space for future expansion while the first floor supports the first phase student population of 250. Major restrooms, stairs and elevators are all stacked between floors which allow the future second floor finish out to occur without disruption to the first floor space.

Phase one includes eight classrooms, science lab with lab prep, media resource center, art classroom, nurse station, gymnasium, meeting rooms and ancillary support spaces.

The site slopes approximately 30 feet from back to front and is heavily populated with large protected trees. This required multiple innovative design solutions to place the structure on the very tight site while saving existing heritage trees and providing proper storm drainage. CP&Y and Pfluger teamed to provide architectural design services.