About

New Spaces

List of 4 items.

  • 28,000

    Square Feet of Renovated Space in Fitzmaurice Hall
  • 10

    New Classrooms in
    Fitzmaurice Hall
  • 4,800

    Square Feet of Makerspace for Innovation 
  • 4x

    The Size of the Old Makerspace Innovation Lab

Inspired by Faith, Emboldened by a Vision

Saint Joseph Academy understands the importance of investing in spaces that allow it to grow as the landscape for Catholic education continues to evolve. 
 
In 2016, the Sisters of the Congregation of St. Joseph generously gifted the Motherhouse to Saint Joseph Academy. Renovated in 2020 and christened Fitzmaurice Hall, this historic building is once again an integral part of our students’ academic experience. Across the campus in the Academy building an entire wing of the third floor was renovated creating an expansive new home for the Makerspace innovation lab.

Fitzmaurice Hall

The building is named Fitzmaurice Hall, in recognition of Mother Theresa Fitzmaurice, CSJ. Elected Mother Superior three different times during her lifetime, Mother Theresa Fitzmaurice was a visionary leader who purchased the property that the campus has been sharing with the Congregation and the Academy since 1898. 

The adaptive re-use of this storied building has been completed. Students now attend classes in the building where the Sisters lived, worked and prayed for more than 100 years. This space is a living testament to the ways the history of the Sisters and the Academy are intertwined. The renovation preserves the building’s rich history and distinctive architecture while updating it to support 21st century learning dynamics. Renovation of the lower two floors include 10 large classrooms as well as various staff and administrative offices. The top two floors of the building are reserved for the future, as the landscape for Catholic education continues to evolve.

Makerspace Innovation Lab

This expanded space of 4,800 square feet creates a larger hands-on area for students to activate their imaginations and bring their ideas to life through 3D printers, laser engravers, vinyl cutters, an embroidery machine, digital cameras, a green screen and much more. 

Students in the Engineering & Design Honors Program use this space often, working on class and service learning projects. Many departments outside of engineering and science often take their classes into the Makerspace innovation lab to create projects that tie back to the lessons taught in the classroom.
Fitzmaurice Hall and the Makerspace innovation lab aren't the only renovations taking place on our campus. Saint Joseph Academy has other renovations planned for the near future! 

The fitness/wellness area and music rooms, the Paw Prints Store will all be receiving a major facelift and moving to the first floor. A new main entrance on the eastside of the building will be created to make it more convenient for students and parents/guardians. 

Visit our With Lifted Hearts webpage to learn more about the next phase of exciting updates to our campus.

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • When did the new spaces open?

    Fitzmaurice Hall and the Makerspace innovation lab renovations were completed in August 2020 for the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year.
  • What classes are in Fitzmaurice Hall?

    On the ground floor, the CORE Ministry/Theology Program has a new home where teachers will guide our students’ spiritual growth. In addition to five large classrooms, a quiet area for prayer and reflection and two open study rooms are included.

    On the first floor, there are five large classrooms for our Humanities/Social Studies Programs, infusing our students’ learning about the world with the values that will help them make a difference in it. Additional common areas where students gather to collaborate or spend time together between classes have been created, as well as a quiet area for reflection.
  • What is in Fitzmaurice Hall?

    The adaptive re-use of this storied building preserves its rich history and distinctive architecture while updating it to support 21st century learning dynamics. Renovation of the lower two floors include 10 large classrooms as well as various staff and administrative offices. The top two floors of the building are reserved for the future, as the landscape for Catholic education continues to evolve.
  • What is the Makerspace Innovation Lab?

    The Makerspace innovation lab is home to our Pre-Engineering and Programming department. It was moved to an area that underwent extensive renovations during the summer of 2020. The massive new hands-on space is four times the original size! Students are encouraged to explore their creativity through the use of state-of-the art equipment including 3D printers, laser engravers, vinyl cutters, sticker makers, embroidery machine, t-shirt and mug printer, two dye sublimation printers, heat transfer presses, a green screen, a photography light box and much more.