Bishop Lynch High School
From 2011 through 2016 Bishop Lynch High School went through a multi-phase design and construction transformation that not only unified the disparate 50-year-old campus, but completely re-imagined the entire campus from the inside out. The overall planning concept simplified and connected various program pieces into a coherent whole by bookending the existing campus with two building additions, while modernizing the remaining interior of the school. Located on the west side of the campus, the Center for Advancement & Academics provides a reimagined formal entry providing clarity and purpose for visitors, teachers and students. A connective pathway stretching through the entire campus, symbolically named “The Way”, provides an engaging touchtone for students and families while providing interior organization from the academics to athletics. This pathway encourages movement and a place to celebrate the many academic and athletic achievements of Bishop Lynch’s students, while honoring the many who have served the school in the past.
The new 40,800 sf addition, completed in 2016, includes core academic classrooms, specialty TEAL classrooms, science labs, academic support spaces, new administration spaces and a new advancement and alumni center. Renovations, totaling 64,600 sf, include flanking core academic classrooms, a counseling suite, and a new Academic Research Center (Student Commons) located in the heart of the campus. The Way further extends to the east through the new Leyden Arts & Athletics Complex which houses the school’s expanded athletics, fine arts, and performing arts programs. The 45,000 sf addition, completed in 2012, features a 1,500 seat competition gymnasium, band performance hall, dance studio, and new art & sculpture studios. A centralized outdoor courtyard provides focus for students to display art and for spectators to gather before and after athletic events. The interior design of “The Way”, establishes a school brand promoting BLHS athletic achievements while celebrating the rich history and legacy of its athletes.
Completed while at Perkins+Will, Patrick Glenn served as the Managing Principal, Educational Programmer and Planner while Aaron Ewert served as the Project Designer working on all stages of schematic design through construction.