Ursuline Motherhouse RenovationsCanfield, Ohio

Project Description

Originally constructed in the 1960’s, the Ursuline Sisters’ Facilities in Canfield, Ohio, included living quarters originally designed to house novitiates of the Order.

The population, now much smaller and older, was seeking help on master planning phased renovations to their existing facilities to accommodate the needs of their aging population. In addition, the firm provided consultation on the feasibility of potentially converting some of their space into small apartments suitable for renting to individuals outside the Order, which could provide an income stream to support the remaining population of Sisters.

BSHM had provided Design Services to the Sisters for the reprogramming and renovation of the chapel and other spaces on their campus and were selected for this new project. The work was phased, with Phase I creating 24 apartments utilizing “universal design” principles on two floors of approximately 23,000 square feet of space.  Included in the work are new finishes, electrical, lighting, mechanical, technology systems and a new sun room on the south end of the building. Residents were moved internally to accommodate the construction.

Phases II and III involved the relocation of the administrative offices and the creation of eleven single and one two-bedroom apartments in Brescia Hall. Residents were relocated inside the building and moved back to completed areas as a part of the construction phase.

Phase IV involved renovating the Healthcare Wing of the Motherhouse. This part of the facility houses the Sisters who require medical assistance. The space was completely remodeled to provide 11 suites, kitchen, support spaces and an all-seasons porch. Everything is handicapped accessible.

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