Major improvements to the school will include a new secure main student entrance, new cafeteria and student commons area, an expansion for a aquatic center, and a new wing to house a fine arts center, preschool and daycare. Also included in the scope of work is the transformation of several existing areas to allow for new locker rooms, new science labs and a new wrestling room. Exterior enhancements will include a new bus lane and a courtyard created by the addition that will allow for students, staff and administration to be outdoors during the school day.
The National Shrine of St. Therese at The Society of the Little Flower
Situated on more than 50 acres of property, the Darien Carmelite Campus houses the Society of the Little Flower offices, the Carmelite Provincial offices, the National Shrine Museum of St. Thérèse, Carmelite Gift Shop, Carmelite Spiritual Center, Titus Brandsma Home for Retired Religious, and the Carmelite Meditation Garden. With a generous donation from the Margie & Robert E. Petersen Foundation, the Society of the Little Flower is embarking on a major renovation effort.
The scope of work includes construction of a new St. Thérèse Chapel and a St. Louis Martin Clock Tower, installation of new paths throughout the grounds, a new entryway to the Spiritual Center and Renovation of St Paul’s Hall and Gift Shop. The project broke ground on May 15, 2017 and has a planned construction duration of approximately 13 months.
The new 84,289 square foot school is being constructed on the same site as the existing school. The first floor houses 12 classrooms, 3 shared learning spaces, 3 pull out spaces, a cafeteria and adjacent kitchen, a gymnasium and multiple ancillary spaces. The second floor contains 9 classrooms, 3 shared learning spaces, 3 pull out spaces, a library, art and music rooms, a makerspace, special education areas as well as storage and a teacher lounge.
The school incorporates many eco-friendly elements including geo-thermal energy, an expansive rain garden and sunshades.
The scope of upgrades includes major renovations to the kitchen/eating area and upper LRC / curricular wing. A subsequent courtyard addition will provide a new LRC and student commons. The existing spaces on both the upper and lower floors within the building will be transformed to educational space.