Intent on updating their existing spaces for 21st Century teaching methods and technology, St. Bernard Catholic High School worked with CSDA to renovate and modernize 6,194sf of existing spaces into flexible learning areas for their 400 students. A Student Union was designed for adaptable breakout spaces for before, during and after-school gathering, while the library was revamped with flexible work areas to accommodate small and large work groups and a technology hub called the “Thought Spot” for more intimate project presentations and collaborations.
CSDA Design Group designed the new Gibbons Hall of Music (17,000sf). The three-story contemporary building is irregularly shaped with curved walls and barrel rooflines, and was designed to maximize ocean views. Its decorative arch makes a bold statement and gives a distinctive identity to the 11-acre campus while seamlessly blending into its vernacular. Strategically placed at the confluence of several circulation paths, the entrance features a dramatic grand stairway that creates a gateway between the school’s academic and athletic zones. An upper plaza provides a viewing area for athletic events and a gathering space for up to 150 people.