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 leading all-girls high 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 Saint Joseph Academy 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.
Maintaining the spaces and technology that our faculty and students need will build on the strengths that set Saint Joseph Academy apart - a beautiful campus where ingenuity, artistry and spirituality can truly flourish.
Renovations to Fitzmaurice Hall created 10 additional classrooms, open study areas, prayer/reflection rooms and administrative offices. The re-adaptation of this building 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.
The creation of an expansive Howley Makerspace innovation lab in the Academy building resulted in a space four times the size of the original lab. As the renovations to Fitzmaurice Hall were nearing completion, the Academy was presented with the unique opportunity to retain our quality construction team to relocate and expand our Howley Makerspace innovation lab.
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 is a Saint Joseph Academy Medialle Shield honoree and previously served on the Saint Joseph Academy Board of Directors as the Chair. 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.”