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St. James Elementary School

St. James Elementary School

In 1921, St. James Elementary School had an enrollment of just 21 students, today they boast almost 500. Due to the significant increase in students over the years, a new campus and facilities were needed to accommodate the growing community, and JRA Architects was chosen to help make that vision come to life.

The creation of a master plan was the first step in a rigorous process of developing that vision for the new 49-acre campus in Elizabethtown. The new school campus was constructed in two phases, the first consisted of all new classrooms, a gymnasium, parish offices, and conference rooms, while the second included a new church, choir practice room, and a space for childcare.

Features of the project include a “cafetorium” where the lunchroom opens to a stage and auditorium to maximize space. A separate drop-off area for the preschoolers allows those who need special assistance preparing for the day more time. A geothermal HVAC system provides a more sustainable, cost-effective method for heating and cooling the school, mitigating the life-cycle costs and environmental impacts of operation.

Over the past century, St. James School has offered quality educational, extracurricular, and religious programs to the community of Elizabethtown, and its all-new campus affords even greater opportunities for today’s students.

Elizabethtown, Kentucky

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Timothy Graviss, AIA, Vice President
Direct: 502.657.5992 | Main: 502.583.4697

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