Perkins Eastman
Case Study 1:

Felician Sisters: POE

Coraopolis, Pennsylvania
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The Problem

The Felician Sisters’ challenges were formidable: an aging community, declining income, increasing expenses, an aging physical plant, and the near-certain extinction of their community by 2040. With a desire to leave a legacy, group of Sisters approached Perkins Eastman Architects for solutions to these challenges. The community was living in two buildings: St. Joseph Hall, a 1960s infirmary building; and the motherhouse, built in the 1930s, which also housed the Our Lady of the Sacred Heart high school. Perkins Eastman’s master planning study led the Sisters’ decision to renovate the motherhouse – whose amazing chapel, hardwood floors, clear fir moldings and solid wood doors and transoms, was the symbol of the community for many Sisters – and consolidate the community under one roof. The project consists of a complete renovation of a 70-year-old building into a high-performance school, convent, and housing for elderly sisters.