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  Our Lady of Victory K-8 School

Construction Manager

Duwell Company LLC in Association with D. J. Maltese
886 N. Mill Street, Plymouth, MI 48170


Merritt McPherson Cieslak, PC
33750 Freedom Road, Farmington, MI 48335

General Description

Location: Northville, Michigan
Date Bid: Apr 2005 Construction Period: Apr 2005 to 
Sep 2006 Total Square Feet: 78,785 Site: 3.6 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: Basement, 30,597; first floor, 48,188; total, 78,785 square feet. Building Height: Basement, 12’; first floor, 10’3”; 
floor to floor, 12’; total: 28’2”. 
Basic Construction Type: New.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, slab-on-grade. 
Exterior Walls: CMU, brick. Roof: Asphalt shingles. Floors: Concrete, precast. Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.

Construction Team

Structural Engineer: SDI - 275 East Liberty, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Cost Estimator: D. J. Maltese Consulting, LLC - 886 N. Mill Street, Plymouth, MI 48170

Our Lady of Victory K-8 School

Our Lady of Victory Catholic Parish began its history on its current site in Northville, Michigan in 1922 with the purchase of land and the construction of a frame building for use as a church. Years of growth in the western Detroit communities in the subsequent decades led to the need for a Catholic school in the 1950's. Growth in the community through the following five decades saw expansion of the school but facilities became overcrowded, the building became outdated and the need for a new school became evident.

Shortly after the turn of the millennium plans were made to develop the existing church property directly across the street from the school. The site consisted of a rolling terrain wooded lot of about 3.6 acres containing three small homes surrounded by the residential community that had developed around it over the years. The parish directed the architect to develop a facility that would comfortably house a growing student body of approximately 450 students from kindergarten to grade eight and to meet the educational needs of the students taking into consideration the current technological and educational standards now in place as well as into the foreseeable future.

The tight site, neighborhood concern over development of a new school directly adjacent to their homes, potential traffic patterns and aesthetic issues over the facility itself all challenged the architect in the development of the building design. The residential neighborhood surrounding the school building site dictated a low-profile building so as not to dominate the skyline. A more residential “feel” to the building made of materials similar to those of the surrounding neighborhood homes also influenced the conceptual designs. These criteria and the rolling terrain led to a two-story brick veneer building with a partial walk-out. Due to the massing required to accomplish this and the desire to minimize the visual impact of the facility on the surrounding neighborhood, the school was designed in a prairie style with low asphalt-shingled hipped roofs and exaggerated overhangs. Alternating projected courses of the exterior brick veneer also accentuate the horizontal lines of the building. Precast concr
ete planks for the upper level floor provided a structure that gave a reduced overall building height contributing to a low profile while still providing the mass and volume within the building that was deemed necessary to house and educate the student body. The interior consists of nineteen classrooms for students with separate rooms dedicated to science, music, art and computer/technology. A full-court basketball gymnasium with changing rooms, a cafeteria and media center are also included in the 77,000-square-foot school.

The interior was constructed of architectural concrete masonry units as well as brick veneer carried into the interior of the building and matching the exterior brick veneer. Main corridors and public areas are finished in ceramic tile while classrooms and administrative areas are carpeted.

The site contains paved parking for eighty-three cars as well as access drives to accommodate busses as well as pick-up and drop-off lanes for parents.   


DIV. 7: Shingles: Tamko. 
DIV. 8: Entrances & Storefronts, Windows: Kawneer.

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