Situated in downtown Cleveland, the school’s learning spaces needed to reflect the businesses in students’ professional internship programs. St. Martin de Porres students, many of whom are from underserved communities, are placed in internships with local businesses so that they can begin developing the communication, interpersonal skills, and work ethic that will serve them well in their future careers. Phase one of their new Master Plan involved renovating and adding on to one of their existing satellite buildings and creating a professional center for student study.
The school needed to be an inspiration to communities everywhere. It needed to solve a problem often seen in urban education where kids are not fully engaged, they are frustrated, and what they see in their schools is not what they see in their neighborhoods.
Fielding was engaged to reimagine what learning could look like to support this unique educational program. Since students are off-site 1-2 days per week working in a corporate environment, it was essential to imagine spaces that would be seamless between school and work – spaces where learning and working are authentically connected.