The Opus Group this August completed a 96,000-square-foot student activities center for Saint Thomas Academy in Mendota Heights, Minn.
Named Vincent J. Flynn Hall, the new facility provides spaces for art and music, academics and athletics. The athletics areas include a competition gymnasium seating more than 1,300 and an auxiliary gymnasium as well as a large meeting room, health education classrooms, weight room, locker room and office space for coaches and physical education instructors.
A two-story structure connects the new athletic facility to the school’s existing main building and includes a main entrance and lobby, classrooms and a school bookstore on the ground level. The upper level houses fine arts space with a band and choir suite, and a new art and multimedia room.
“Vincent J. Flynn Hall is a beautiful, refreshing addition to our campus, and one that will help Saint Thomas Academy compete for students against comparable schools in the Twin Cities while providing a much enhanced learning environment,” said Headmaster Dr. Thomas Mich, in a written statement.
Additionally, Opus remodeled existing space within the main building. Previous athletic spaces were converted into art and social studies classrooms and the previous band room was remodeled into a lecture hall capable of seating approximately 100 students. Two large art classrooms in the middle school were converted into new state of the art chemistry labs and classrooms.
The project was completed in August prior to the start of the school year.