McSherry Hall | Roman Catholic High School

A former city morgue building was renovated for annex use by Roman Catholic High School.

Built in 1933, the former morgue building on 13th and Wood Streets was acquired by the school in the early 2000s. Keast & Hood provided structural engineering for the 25,000-ft building renovation. The centerpiece of the project was the transformation of a column filled, warren-like area into a wide open, light-filled space to serve the school’s wrestling program. Keast & Hood devised a strategy to thread a new transfer girder into an existing attic and suspend the structure. This enabled the removal of two primary building columns and created an open wrestling arena. McSherry Hall also houses three classrooms, a weight training facility, sports medicine clinic, archives, and offices for the alumni and development departments.

A former city morgue building was renovated for annex use by Roman Catholic High School.

Built in 1933, the former morgue building on 13th and Wood Streets was acquired by the school in the early 2000s. Keast & Hood provided structural engineering for the 25,000-ft building renovation. The centerpiece of the project was the transformation of a column filled, warren-like area into a wide open, light-filled space to serve the school’s wrestling program. Keast & Hood devised a strategy to thread a new transfer girder into an existing attic and suspend the structure. This enabled the removal of two primary building columns and created an open wrestling arena. McSherry Hall also houses three classrooms, a weight training facility, sports medicine clinic, archives, and offices for the alumni and development departments.

CLIENT: UJMN Architects + Designers (now Strada)
LOCATION: Philadelphia, PA

TYPE: Academic, Athletic, SERVICES: Adaptive Reuse, Feasibility Study, Renovation, Structural Intervention, MATERIALS: Steel, SUSTAINABILITY: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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