ATSR led a long-range facilities committee in the development of a master plan for the school, designed for a not-for-profit, Board-advised client. Through numerous meetings and design of many options, the community determined a new school was the direction. ATSR proceeded to work with students, staff, and the community to design the new high school.
Like outstretched arms, the three wings of St Mary’s Central High School welcome you to a new high school for 500 students. The classrooms are organized around a two story learning center providing varied work spaces to suite individual needs or particular teaching paradigm. Students can find nooks for individual study, or many ways to work in groups: in soft seating, around tables, or in small rooms with connections to flat panel screens for devices.
The Bishop of Bismarck, North Dakota commissioned ATSR to design a 700-seat chapel (cathedral) as part of the new St. Mary’s High School.
At the crossing of the Gothic-styled nave is a dome over which stands a gilded statue of Mary. Expansive stained glass windows flood the interior with light and color. An apse balcony for five choir members, two confessionals, and a sacristy complete the chapel. The large nave has a dome the likes of Notre Dame, a vaulted metal Gothic roof structure, expansive stained glass windows, an apse, a balcony for 50 choir members, two sets of confessionals, and two sacristies. The narthex is designed for large group fellowship and connects to the school circulation pathway. The project held it’s inaugural masses in September 2021.