bld architecture (previously baldassano) was selected to provide architectural and interior design services for the phased expansion and renovation of the existing facilities at st. anthony’s high school. the landmark expansion of the building reflects the school’s commitment to excellence. the scope of services included the development of a phased master plan and three-dimensional massing study, the construction of a new student center and the renovation of existing labs and classrooms and the conceptual design of future expansion possibilities.
the new two-story, 145,000 sf student center includes a state-of-the art athletic facility complete with a 200 meter indoor track, new music and art rooms, a video conferencing center, a wrestling room, athletic therapy and treatment accommodations and extensive new locker facilities. the required square footage of the interior program for the student center exceeded the available site footprint and required creative and thoughtful planning. a pre-engineered steel building system and a sophisticated waffle-slab floor system solve the design problems of creating a large span athletic space, with a full concourse level underneath the athletic facility. the permeability and transparency of the building facade helps to break down the scale of the structure and to relate the larger scale of student center to that of the adjacent buildings and landscape of the surrounding campus.