Christ the Teacher Catholic School|
715 North Orange Street
Wilmington, DE 19801
Total Square Feet: 65,403
Construction Period: Aug 2001 to Aug 2002
CONSTRUCTION MANAGER: EDIS COMPANY - 110 South Poplar Street, #400, Wilmington, DE 19801 -
STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: O’Donnell Naccarato & MacIntosh - 300 Delaware Avenue, #820, Wilmington, DE 19801
ELECTRICAL & MECHANICAL ENGINEER: Gillan & Hartman - P.O. Box 345, Valley Forge, PA 19481
CIVIL ENGINEER & LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT: Ramesh C. Batta Associates - 4600 New Linden Road, Wilmington, DE 19808
COST ESTIMATOR: EDiS Company - 110 South Poplar Street, #400, Wilmington, DE 19801
Christ the Teacher Catholic School is the first design of the planned Diocesan complex that will include St. Margaret’s of Scotland Church, a social hall, a recreation hall, and a daycare. This is in response to the growing Catholic Community in the Bear/Glasgow portion of New Castle County, and will serve four parishes from Newark to Middletown. The campus plan is developed on northsouth axis with the proposed church as the focus on the highest part of the site. The School is set on the east side of the planned formal wall and back from the noise and traffic of Route 40. The site was designed to allow maximum stacking of vehicles on site for pick up and drop off to allow a more efficient and safe transfer of students.
As it is the first of the planned campus, the school was designed to provide maximum flexibility for multiple uses by the school population, the parish, and the local community. As the church is not to be completed for several years, the school includes a generous chapel for use in religious education and special functions. The gymnasium and cafeteria are designed to act as one large auditorium for large school and community functions or independently for functions such as dance recitals in the cafeteria, which includes a stage, or CYO basketball in the gym, which includes bleachers. This gym/cafeteria can be accessed from the school proper or by an independent entrance, which allows for public use while maintaining security for the school.
Due to existing site constraints and the desire for future additional academic space if necessary, a compact two-story plan proved to be the most efficient solution. The plan is developed in a U shape with the core elements; library, gymnasium/ cafeteria at the bottom of the U, and the academic wings running east-west to address the axiality of the planned formal mall. The south academic wing houses K-2 on the first floor and 3-5th grades on the second floor. The north academic wing houses 6-8th grades on the upper floor and administration, nurse and chapel on the lower level. The main entrance is at the center of the U, which also includes a ground central stair and provides instant orientation for young students and visitors alike.
The school was designed with the planned axial campus and the tradition and stability of the Catholic Church in mind. The two-story brick structure is anchored to the site by a solid stone base. A relatively new composite material made of fiberglass reinforced plastic was utilized for the cornice and trip panels, which mimics a traditional stone cornice at a fraction of the weight. The materials combine to provide a relatively maintenance free exterior. The window system was designed integrally with individual room heating/ventilating units and is operable for user flexibility. The windows also utilize low-e glass, tinted green, to cut down on solar gain and glare within the classrooms.
The planning process included both educators and financial representative of the Diocese. As the master plan development became more defined the school planning naturally began to take shape around this axial plan. The Diocese expressed strong desires for maximum flexibility of use (school and community) and an eye on the future for expandability.
The expression is also more traditional to reflect the values of the Catholic Church and set it apart from some of the newer public schools. The design incorporates these wishes by planning for additional space in the form of the classroom addition to the east. The infrastructure, (cafeteria, kitchen, library) was consciously designed for the eventual maximum student population.
DIV 06: FRP Panels: Vista.
DIV 07: EPDM: Firestone.
DIV 08: Windows, Storefront: Kawneer.
DIV 09: Carpet: Lees; VCT: Armstrong; Resinous Flooring: Stonhard.
DIV 10: Operable Partitions: Hufcor.