Xavier High School’s First Expansion in 90 Years

March 16, 2017
Credit: Ari Burling

An article in Real Estate Weekly looks at BBB’s master plan and expansion for Xavier High School in New York. The new 6-story Fernandez-Duminuco Hall is designed to directly support the institution’s guiding pedagogical goals while meeting the growing requirements of the school and its students.

“Beyer Binder Belle Completes Xavier High School’s First Expansion in 90 Years”

Real Estate Weekly

March 8, 2017

Construction manager Richter+Ratner (R+R) and architect Beyer Blinder Belle have completed the interior fit-out of Xavier High School’s 45,000 s/f Fernandez-Duminuco Hall.

The project is located on six floors and the cellar level of a new 25-story, mixed-use building at 35 West 15th Street.

Xavier is a Jesuit college preparatory school for young men founded in 1847 in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan. The school’s campus includes six buildings located alongside the Church of Saint Francis Xavier.

“Fernandez-Duminuco Hall is Xavier’s first campus expansion in more than 90 years. It has provided our community of nearly 1,100 students and 84 full-time faculty members with state-of-the-art classrooms, large common spaces, and a special emphasis on robotics and music education,” said Xavier President Jack Raslowsky, a parent of a 2016 graduate.

The nine-month-long project called for the construction of a STEAM classroom, ultramodern music facilities, a recording studio, a student project space, and a flexible multi-use area that hosts theater productions and major assemblies…

“This project was part of a master plan focused on clarifying the entrance and circulation among the buildings, and improving the student experience through state-of-the-art facilities, a variety of learning environments and gathering areas, and a graphic design program to enliven the common spaces with depictions of contemporary student life and the history of Xavier,” said Beyer Blinder Belle Associate Tom Lindberg, AIA, LEED AP…

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