Academy of Notre Dame de Namur
The Academy of Notre Dame de Namur is an all girls, private independent school with approximately 500 students, grades six through twelve. The campus is situated on the former Geist estate known as Launfal and includes the original mansion, formal gardens and estate buildings. MAI completed a Master Plan for the school’s 38 acre campus.
The main feature of the master plan includes a new landscaped boulevard directing all traffic to the new Harron Family building, also designed by MAI. The revised site design provides improved circulation including, additional parking, bus area and better student drop off and pick-up. In addition to these improvements, the master plan calls for renovation and restoration to many of the existing campus buildings, including the 1926 mansion building.
Notre Dame’s new Harron Family Building, completed as a result of MAI's masterplan study, unifies the campus architecture and functions as the school’s main visitor’s entrance and reception area. This 28,000 sq. foot, three-story building includes: reception/lobby, president’s office suite, seminar rooms, library, technology center, fitness center and multi-purpose gym. The architecture and interiors design reinforces the NDA brand and creates an academic environment that maintains the schools competitive edge.
A new library is located on the top level with the Amy Willard gymnasium facilities situated on the ground level in a new field house and assembly space. Located at the intermediate level, the reception lobby is adjacent to the president’s office and new seminar rooms. The waiting area adjacent to the reception lobby offers an overview of the gymnasium below. The upper floor houses the school’s library with a new technology center. The lower level of the Harron Building includes a fitness center, team rooms, athletic offices, and the lobby for the new gymnasium.
The mass of the tall one-story field house structure behind is set into the side of a hill and screened by the more architecturally rich new three-story main building. A separate entrance is provided to the field house allowing controlled access for visitors to games and events. The gym is designed with large picture windows to provide day lighting and views of adjacent woodlands.
MAI also designed renovations to the existing library to create five new classrooms that are strategically located to serve both upper and lower school requirements.