114 E. Cevallos Street, San Antonio, TX 78204
San Antonio, Texas
Date Bid: Nov 2010 Construction Period: Mar 2011 to Oct
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.
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
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
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.
Windows: St. Cloud
Elevators: Schindler, Garaventa, Home Elevator of Texas