Wright Brothers, The Building Company with Holy Apostles Church in Meridian, broke ground on June 25, 2016 for the new St. Ignatius Catholic school. Scheduled to be open for the 2017-2018 school year, the school will be 56,000 square feet and include classes from Pre-K to 8th grade, enrolling 470 students.
This Design-Build project will be the first Catholic school to be built in the Treasure Valley in over 50 years. The school is located next to the Holy Apostles Catholic Church by the intersection of Meridian Road and Chinden Boulevard.
The aerial view seen above shows the start of the project. CTA Architects of Boise designed St. Ignatius, The Land Group of Eagle did site work, and Wright Brothers is the Design-Build Contractor for the 10-acre site south of Holy Apostles Catholic Church. The 56,000-square-foot school building will have two wings stretching out from a 5,500-square-foot central common area that will serve as a gathering place just beyond the lobby. Instead of hallways, the wings will have what Mahoney and the designers call flexible space, adding up to a combined 4,800 square feet. A unique aspect of the school includes sectional doors (i.e. a very nice garage door) in each classrom, allowing classrooms to expand into the hall space based on the lesson–two classrooms can open up and work together.