Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School

Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School

1717 W. Allegheny Avenue, Philadelphia



Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School


Blackney Hayes Architects



Construction Type

K-12 Education / New Construction & Adaptive Re-use

Clemens provided construction management services for the Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School, a private Catholic high school for low income students. The new, $30 Million, 105,000 sf high school sits on a 5+ acre former brown acre site and was built to accommodate 600 students. 

When we originally priced the full school, they did not have the funds to proceed with the full scope. As a result, we worked extensively with Blackney Hayes to pare down the project to only include the renovation of the tricycle factory and construction of the new academic building. During the construction of same, we were advised of the additional funds to proceed with the gymnasium. This required us to revamp our approach, schedules and budget while still delivering the school in time for the 2019 academic year. Multiple funding sources included: RACP, New Market and Historic Tax Credits.

Structural repairs and restoration were required of the five-story, heavy timber and masonry warehouse building that was formally a lively and operating tricycle factory owned by A. Mecky Company. Renovations were made to the existing warehouse and Clemens built an addition comprising classroom space for 600 students, a gymnasium and health center, a cafeteria to accommodate 200 people in a seating, a family room and faculty and administration spaces. Cleaning and restoration of the masonry façade included rebuilding, repointing and cleaning. The wood decking and over 100 historic beams were restored and replaced, some being reused in new areas around the school.  Site work included an athletic field with turf field, parking lot, landscaping, fencing and lighting. 


Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School

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