The Academy of Notre Dame de Namur, a Catholic institution in Villanova, Pennsylvania for middle and high school girls, consists of a mishmash of nondescript and dispersed academic buildings. The primary obstacle to crafting a compelling Master Plan, including the siting of new buildings, was how to stitch the campus together, to create a central heart that would connect students, faculty and visitors alike. Centerbrook’s plan strategically located new structures–including buildings for STEM, the performing arts, and a Center for Leadership–to frame a sociable courtyard as the nexus of academic activities. This overall configuration also creates other common spaces between new and existing structures, as well as better orients visitors entering the campus.

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