Pope John Paul II Catholic High School (PJP) in Slidell, Louisiana, the first school to be named after the late and recently canonized Saint John Paul, was established in 1980 by the Archdiocese of New Orleans to grow their ministry on the Northshore. With increasing enrollment, the students and staff have thrived despite the campus’ outdated facilities. Although maintenance and minor additions have provided temporary fixes, the original metal building structures have aged rapidly, in part due to major hurricanes during the last two decades. Other regional high schools have been rebuilt from the ground up with state-of-the-art educational and athletic facilities in recent years, and PJP High School is long overdue for an upgrade.
Under the guidance of forward-thinking design firm Badia Morro Hewett as the architect of record, the future of the campus is looking bright again. CICADA, hired as a design and visual graphics collaborator, has provided technological support during the interview process, including drone photography, photogrammetry point cloud models, scan-to-BIM services, site planning, conceptual visualizing, and photorealistic video animations. Given the high school’s specific geolocation in relationship to several state and federal science-based agencies, like NASA, PJP’s administration has focused on incorporating a large STEM academy that will provide neighboring agencies with service and support through student internships and other programming. Along with a faith-based education, the PJP High School of tomorrow will promote science, technology, engineering, and mathematical technical skills for their enrollment—an unprecedented concept for the region. Through the renovation plan and new STEM facilities, PJP High School’s goal is to teach from an early age highly technological skills that will allow the students and community to reach their full potential.
// Architects: Badia Moro Hewett Architects
At Pope John Paul II Catholic High School (PJP) in Slidell, Louisiana, established in 1980, the students and staff have thrived despite the campus’ outdated facilities, with structures aging rapidly due to major hurricanes in the last two decades. Now, under the guidance of forward-thinking design firm Badia Morro Hewett, the future of the campus is looking bright again—with CICADA, as a design and visual graphics collaborator, helping realize the school’s vision of promoting STEM through state-of-the-art facilities.