‘Go forth and set the world on fire’: St. Ignatius School rolls toward fall opening

By: Tracy Baker
23 February 2017

St. Ignatius Catholic School is a 56,000 sq. ft., $10.5-million, pre-K through 8th grade school located on the Holy Apostles Catholic Church campus in Meridian, ID. With a school motto of “Go forth and set the world on fire,” the Diocese of Boise wanted its first new school for the Treasure Valley in 50 years to embrace the twenty-first century learning environment — with flexibility, agility, and adaptability integrated into the design.

There are flexible learning spaces for shared use by classrooms with overhead doors to allow students to circulate between classroom and flex space. A full-size gymnasium with an adjacent performing arts stage/music room provides for the arts, athletics, and special events. A large commons area with an adjacent kitchen will serve the projected 450-student population with staggered lunch times. Outdoor spaces include planned age-deliberate playgrounds, play field, student garden, prayer garden, and outdoor learning spaces for the library and lab rooms.

Our Civil and Landscape Architecture partners on this project, The Land Group, generously provided these latest drone shots as the project progresses in three main stages or areas. The western-most Area A is currently receiving drywall and finish; the central Area B is dried-in and systems install is progressing nicely;  and the eastern-most Area C is getting final framing ahead of being dried-in this coming week. The owner is very excited with the project’s progress and the team is working hard to deal with the extreme weather conditions the Treasure Valley has experienced over the last two months. The current conditions are mud, mud, and more mud.

The excitement is also building for the community as students are already pre-registered to attend the school and a grand opening has been planned for early August. Kudos to the whole team: Corey Johnson, Tracy Baker, Jason Yates, Randi Thomas, James Colburn, and Francisco Juarez.

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