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St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry

Pittsford, NY

The new school for St. Bernard’s, on a four acre site in the town of Pittsford, houses classrooms, a large lecture/multi-purpose space, seminar rooms, and teleconference rooms for long-distance learning. Other spaces include offices for administration and faculty, a library and resource center, conference rooms, and a student lounge.

The stone veneer exterior connotes a substantial quality, while the one-story gabled volumes of the exterior relate to the scale of the residential neighborhood.

Entry through a small meditation garden, to a central gathering space provides a welcoming, orienting, arrival point for the facility.

A small chapel, available for prayer and used for liturgical classes, opens directly from the gathering space and overlooks the garden. Stained glass windows, salvaged from a demolished chapel, are incorporated into the design.