Square Feet in the Expanded Makerspace Innovation Lab
New Square Feet in the Academy Building
Our vision for Saint Joseph Academy in the 21st century is rooted in what has always defined and distinguished us as a school: we will support innovation and academic excellence in a community where faith thrives.
We stand at the forefront of exciting changes in high school education, making us a school of choice in the city we call home. The strength of our education is reflected in our strong enrollment and our students’ exceptional academic performance.
Although the global pandemic may have caused us to pause some of our efforts and reimagine others, now is the time to build on the strengths of Saint Joseph Academy that set us apart and to give our students and faculty the facilities they need, creating a campus where ingenuity, artistry and spirituality can truly flourish. This campaign is in response to a time of need – a time that demands compassionate female leaders who can create, innovate and transform our world for the better. We have an extraordinary opportunity to ensure that Saint Joseph Academy’s most impactful years are still ahead.
Support this exciting transformation with your gift today!
To make this vision a reality, The Fred A. Lennon Charitable Trust is partnering with the Academy again, offering a dollar-for-dollar match of all gifts and pledges to the With Lifted Hearts campaign up to $50,000 for a second year!
Phase 1 supported renovations to Fitzmaurice Hall, which created 10 additional classrooms, open study areas, prayer/reflection rooms and administrative offices. This phase was completed for the start of the 2020 school year.
Thanks to a generous donor, we were also able to create a true pathway, allowing students to pass by the St. Joseph statue each time they move to and from the Academy Building and Fitzmaurice Hall.
Phase 2 supports the creation of an expanded Makerspace innovation lab in the Academy building. The space is four times the size of the current lab. As the renovations to Fitzmaurice Hall were nearing completion, the school was presented with the unique opportunity to retain our quality construction team for our second phase and expand our Makerspace innovation lab.
This opportunity to move forward with the Makerspace project was a true blessing in disguise, as COVID-19 arrived, and we moved into a global pandemic with all the challenges adhering to local and state health guidelines. The completion of the Makerspace as it was truly designed was paused and the space was reconfigured to provide two large classrooms.
Phase 3 will be an 8,400 square foot addition to the Academy Center to provide a new secure public entrance, a collaborative student commons space and expanded areas for the fitness/wellness, athletics and performing arts programs. Construction will begin when fundraising goals are met.
Chuck and Maureen Fallon Adler ’79, P’06 ’08 & ’10, Co-Chairs Catherine O’Malley Kearney P’24, Co-Chair Kathryn H. Purcell, President
Mary Ann Corrigan-Davis ’71 Mary Ann Fischer ‘66 Joyce Joecken, CSJ N’61 Mary Smetana Kolick ’83, P’15 Cathy Lanning Knittel '67, P'97 Julia Litzler Mayer P’21 Diane Strojin ‘83 Cheryl Brady Strom ‘87
Contance Sipple, CFRE, Vice President of Institutional Advancement Erin Grace, Director of Major and Planned Giving
Construction Academy Creates Hands-On Learning Opportunities
Twenty students involved in the Academy's "Construction Academy" had the opportunity to have contextual educational experiences through the renovation efforts at Fitzmaurice Hall. This educational piece provided students an innovative, hands-on experience. Students worked with architects, engineers, electricians, plumbers and other construction professionals during this exciting renovation.
The construction project was completed by Regency Construction Services, one of Ohio's largest female-owned construction companies. Regency's Principal, Founder and President Tari Rivera is a role model in an industry dominated by men. Ms. Rivera previously served on the Saint Joseph Academy Board of Directors a number of years ago. She is also a source of inspiration for female students interested in fields including architecture, math, engineering and sustainability.
“The purpose of Construction Academy is to advocate for young women to get involved in building and construction careers. Many of our team involved in this project were female,” stated Project Manager Janelle Heinle. “This really was a great opportunity to show the young women that you can grow up in construction, engineering and other STEM fields even if there aren’t a lot of women in them right now. By using all of the skills they have learned in the classroom, such as math and physics, we can show young women that there are a lot of opportunities for them in fields they wouldn't otherwise consider.”