St. Joseph’s Catholic School, The Saint John Paul II Center
In 1998, St. Joseph’s Catholic School purchased an abandoned manufacturing plant. They moved into the building on a shoestring budget and over the last 15 years they have continually renovated the building to meet the school’s growing needs. Starting in 2006, McMillan Pazdan Smith designed a new gymnasium for the school and provided design guidance for various renovations and additions. Then in 2014, McMillan Pazdan Smith renovated the existing chapel space into a new performing arts and chapel center. The center was dedicated in January 2015 as The Saint John Paul II Center. McMillan Pazdan Smith has also provided master planning services for the campus to include new playing fields, parking, a black box theater, 500-seat cafeteria, updated classrooms, and additional administration space. The project architect also worked closely with the client and a local blacksmith artist to create custom metal Stations of the Cross to be installed in the new space.