Project Detail

St. John's Preparatory School | Keefe Academic Center

New STEM Facility | Danvers, MA

St. John’s Prep is an all-boys preparatory Catholic day school located in Danvers, MA. Its 175-acre campus serves 1,150 boys in grades 9-12. The school enlisted Flansburgh to create a $25 million, 74,000-sf academic building and a $24.9 million, 88,000-sf Wellness Center as part of its ambitious “20/20” strategic plan to enhance academic and student life.

The Brother Keefe, C.F.X. Academic Center houses the school’s computer science, mathematics, science, and world languages departments and emphasizes STEM education by offering spaces that facilitate collaborative, hands-on, multidisciplinary approaches to learning.

The building includes 32 academic classrooms, state-of-the-art labs for biology, chemistry and physics, foreign languages labs, a fabrication lab, computer labs, a robotics lab, an aviation studio, and an open office for faculty with six conference areas, break rooms, and workrooms.

The position and location of the Center completes an oval building configuration, creating a more cohesive campus. To compliment the early 20th Century design and masonry of its neighbor, the Xavier Building, the new building is detailed with waterstruck brick, precast window heads and sills, sloping roofs, and dormers.

Honors and Awards

American School & University 2016 Architectural Portfolio Outstanding Designs: Specialized Facility

American School & University 2017 Educational Interiors Showcase: Laboratories


Time Span 2014-2015
Type New Academic Building
Client St. John's Prep
Size 74,000 sf
Budget $22.3 million
Architectural Team Kent Kovacs, Principal-in-charge; Bill Beatrice, Project manager
Consultants Civil Engineer: Hancock Associates; Landscape Architect: Brown and Sardina; Structural Engineer: LeMessurier Consultants; MEP Engineer: BALA/TMP; Fire Protection: Metro-Swift Sprinkler Corporation; Data/Communication: Edvance
Contractor Windover Construction, Inc
Photographer Photograpy: Robert Benson Photography; Film: Raber Umphenour

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