Cristo Rey High School

Philadelphia, PA
Fire Protection
Technology Infrastructure
90,000 SF

Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School is currently renovating an abandoned warehouse into their new 90,000 square foot high school.  The new, seven acre campus will include dining halls, science labs, a gym and athletic field and parking.  Bala was chosen to perform the design engineering for this $40 million project.

The renovation of the existing warehouse will add 50,000 square feet to the space.  The new addition will include classrooms, administration spaces, a two story gymnasium with two full court basketball courts and a fitness center.  A new outdoor sports field will also be created, which Bala’s Technology Group is designing to have power and wifi

The entire campus is conditioned using a new 300-ton closed-circuit cooling tower and 1,500 MBH boiler delivering water to the terminal water-source heat pumps through a two-pipe system.  The full-service kitchen is utilizing Type-I and Type-II exhaust and each science lab have special fume hood exhaust fans for experiments.

The school is expected to open late this year and will be the first school to open in the Tioga neighborhood of Philadelphia in almost 100 years.