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  Healy-Murphy CenterHealy-Murphy Center


LPA, Inc.
114 E. Cevallos Street, San Antonio, TX 78204

General Description

Location: San Antonio, Texas
Date Bid: Nov 2010 Construction Period: Mar 2011 to Oct 2012
Total Square Feet: 20,914 Site: 2.405 acres.
Number of Buildings: Three, 16 classrooms.
Building Sizes: New building existing and addition, 14,406; renovation, 4,526; addition, 1,982; total, 20,914 square feet.
Building Height: High School, 36’; Covent, 40’.
Basic Construction Type: Addition/Renovation.
Foundation: Pier & grade. Exterior Walls: CMU, brick. Roof: Built-up, standing seam. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall.

Project Team

Structural Engineer: Alpha Consulting Engineers, Inc. - 13300 Old Blanco Road, #326, San Antonio, TX 78216
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: DBR Engineering Consultants, Inc. - 8626 Tesoro Drive, #702, San Antonio, TX 78271
Civil Engineer: CDS Muery - 3411 Magic Drive, San Antonio, TX 78229
General Contractor: Malitz Construction, Inc. - 8634 Crownhill Boulevard, San Antonio, TX 78209

Healy-Murphy Center (HMC) has been serving the educational and social needs of San Antonio's underserved populations for 125 years. Originally known as St. Peter Claver Academy, it was one of the first schools in Texas to offer free education to African-American students. In 1970, Healy-Murphy's mission changed to focus on educating youth in crisis who were not being served by traditional school and community organizations. Today, Healy-Murphy continues to educate young people living in dire circumstances. Many have been the victims of violence and abuse; most are caught in a cycle of poverty and poor health. HMC helps students lift themselves out of generational poverty and low academic achievement through accredited high school and GED diploma programs, healthcare and wellness education, case management, mental health counseling and support groups, career and college readiness training, and on-campus childcare.

The historic structures had not had major improvements since its construction in 1888 (with the last small renovation taking place in the 1970s). Because the Sisters had to use their limited funds on direct services to students, whatever improvements that were made were often piecemeal and of varying quality. LPA designed the additions and renovations to preserve the historic campus of the Healy-Murphy Center. A central courtyard connects the campus buildings, such as the restored convent building and homestead building, and provides space for outdoor social and educational functions. The renovated Heritage Library pays homage to Healy-Murphy Center’s rich history as one of the state’s first campuses for minority youth while featuring modern library features. Campus upgrades include complete window restoration, upgraded HVAC, electrical, plumbing, and technology systems and campus-wide handicap accessibility. Vehicular traffic was revamped by the addition of a new driveway to create one-way traffic flow. LPA worked within the San Antonio Historic Preservation guidelines to make the necessary facilities upgrades while maintaining the historical integrity of each building and the
campus as a whole.

The renovations to the campus have facilitated Healy-Murphy Center's vision to continue to be the catalyst for success in young people who are not only "at-risk" but who are already in crisis. As a private, non-profit organization, Healy-Murphy Center has the flexibility to improve, expand and adjust programs and services based on the individual needs of each child.

Product Information
Flooring: Mannington
Windows: St. Cloud
Elevators: Schindler, Garaventa, Home Elevator of Texas

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