St. Martin De Porres – High School Addition and Renovation

  • area / size 45,000 sqft
  • Completed 2018
  • studio TECHNE | architects designed the high school addition and renovation at St. Martin De Porres in Cleveland, Ohio.

    The Project
    St. Martin de Porres High School is a private Catholic Charter School located in the City of Cleveland. 95% of the student population lives at or below the poverty level. We worked with the teachers and administration to understand the needs of the school and the students and discover how we can serve these needs and design spaces that will promote learning and understanding.

    Our Solution
    We designed the interior space to allow for individual growth and collaboration by creating areas for individual learning, one-on-one tutoring, small groups, large groups, and entire grade-level work. Additionally, the design focuses on aligning the physical space with the mental learning space. We designed “campfire spaces” for storytelling and sharing wisdom, “watering hole” spaces for student-to-student learning, “cave spaces” for isolation and focus, and “life spaces” where knowledge is applied to reinforce the understanding of the concept. Because education is constantly evolving, we designed the areas to be flexible. Objects can be moved to allow for flexibility.

    The building design approach has been holistic. Meetings with educators occurred during day-light and energy modeling ensured that the classrooms of tomorrow were matched with a high-performance building skin that maximized the natural environment and ensured minimal energy input from fossil fuels.

    Design: studio TECHNE | architects
    Contractor: The Albert M. Higley Co.
    Photography: Kevin G. Reeves