The new 65,000 SF school is the first Catholic school built in the city of Baltimore in almost 60 years. It serves grades Pre-K through 8th and hosts over 500 students. The building includes 22 classrooms including a STEM suite for math, science, and robotics, a chapel, library/learning commons, cafeteria with a full kitchen, gymnasium with stage, and an artificial turf sports field.
HVAC is provided by a Variable Air Volume (VAV) system with rooftop air handling units that use natural gas heat for morning warm-up and direct expansion (DX) cooling. Local space VAV terminal units include electric heating coils for space temperature maintenance. The building is fully sprinklered. A fire pump and domestic water booster pumps were designed due to low city water pressure in this area. Lighting throughout is LED, with Code compliant automated lighting controls. Each classroom and teaching space includes receptacles for iPad or Chrome Book charging stations.
The building includes a full voice-evacuation type fire alarm system and state-of -the-art sound systems in the Gymnasium and Cafeteria. The school is outfitted with electronic systems for a state-of-the-art learning environment with Flat Panel Touch Screen Smart Boards in each classroom. Full wired and wireless data networking is provided throughout, with the capability to distribute video signals from Comcast/Xfinity over the data network as well as from iPad via PadCast at any hard wired data outlet. The Library/Learning Commons includes a space with green screen background which functions as an in-house TV studio. Other low voltage systems include: security intrusion detection, access control and video monitoring; school sound/paging/class change signal system; wireless clock system; video billboard system; and Cafeteria Point of Sale System for school lunches.