Perkins Eastman
Case Study 7:

Felician Sisters Convent and High School

Coraopolis, PA
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The Goals

The Franciscan nuns of the Felician Sisters Convent wanted to renovate their 70-year-old provincial house to feel less like an institution and more like a home—without losing the building's character.

The goals of the project were to retain the original character of the building, to support aging-in-place for the Sisters, to provide a fully handicapped accessible building, to be environmentally responsible, to reduce operation costs, and to lower maintenance costs. The project also required an eye to the future when the Sisters might not utilize the entire building themselves. As the project evolved and they became more aware of the building's potential environmental impacts, the Sisters consistently made decisions based on stewardship.