Marin Catholic High School renovation

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July 17, 2020

Alten Construction begins renovation of Marin Catholic High School’s convent building

Alten Construction recently began working on an $8.05 million renovation to St. Anselm Hall on the campus of Marin Catholic High School.

Alten Construction began demolition of the 17,733-square-foot, two-story building and started working on the new construction phase. The classroom portion of the project is expected to be completed in time for the start of school with the remainder of the building slated for completion in September 2020. St. Anselm Hall is divided into two sections: a main building and the east (drama) wing. The space also serves as an access route to the chapel building, which is connected via a covered walkway.

The St. Anselm Hall renovation project features a complete renovation of St. Anselm Hall, which is currently being used as a combination of classrooms, meeting rooms and administrative offices. The upgrades include new exterior plaster and roof, a structural reboot, new lighting, plumbing, a new HVAC system and site work, among other updates. The project also will include the renovation of three existing classrooms and Poetz Theater.

“Our renovation of St. Anselm Hall is going to be a game changer for our students and for the innovation of our curriculum,” said Tim Navone, president of Marin Catholic High School.

St. Anselm Hall was originally designed as a convent to house the Sisters who taught at the school in the 1950s. Those rooms had since been turned into storage and office space, but with the school’s recent growth, it was time for a renovation.

Luke O’Neill, project engineer for Alten Construction graduated from Marin Catholic High School in 2006. “St. Anselm Hall looks exactly the same as when I attended school there,” he said. “I am excited to be back here to help update the building and make a huge impact on the school and its students.”

During construction, Alten Construction will be tasked with tearing down the existing building and reconfiguring it into new spaces and classrooms to best meet the needs of the students. The new building will house a new Counseling Center, a new Campus Ministry Center and three new classrooms, as well as the home for the school’s new Principled Entrepreneurship Institute, which will be opening in fall 2020.

"The renovation of St. Anselm Hall will now bring nine counseling offices, currently spread out in five different areas on campus, into one beautiful new Counseling Center,” said Navone. “The building will also house our new Principled Entrepreneurship Institute, an innovative curriculum where students will use entrepreneurship and the discernment of their God-given gifts, talents and abilities to seek out their ultimate purpose and vocation. The project will also renovate our theater, three classrooms and build a new Campus Ministry Center with a design primarily made of glass to reflect the program itself — open, transparent and welcoming.”

The renovation will be broken into two phases with construction of the east wing’s new classrooms and theater, as well as the stairways slated to be completed during the summer to alleviate having to displace students during construction.

In addition, the renovation project includes a variety of overall code compliance and general building infrastructure upgrades, including the addition of fire sprinklers throughout St. Anselm Hall, reroofing, repainting and American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility upgrades, among others.

“The building will have brand-new finishes and systems inside and out,” said O’Neill. “Once it’s finished, we’ll be turning over a building that pays tribute to the already beautiful campus.”