American School & University‘s annual architectural portfolio showcases design excellence for both primary and secondary educational institutions. The publication’s 2015 edition features Convent of the Sacred Heart’s Athletics and Wellness Center, with the project falling into the category of “Outstanding Design.”
Several aspects of the design contributed to this recognition. For example, neighborhood-appropriate materials and clever massing ensure that the programmatically dense building fits in with its Upper East Side block, while masonry-driven solidity and underlying classical proportions recall the existing buildings on the school’s historic campus. A host of sustainable design strategies, such as a solar hot water system and a pool dehumidification heat recovery system, contribute to thermal comfort while minimizing nonrenewable resource consumption. In addition, easy access to several of the sustainable systems open students’ eyes to sources of the building’s energy, allowing the LEED Gold registered facility to act as a teaching tool.