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July 13, 2018

Holy Names plans gym with underground garage

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Broderick Architects has updated the design for a gym and underground garage at Holy Names Academy at 728 21st Ave. E. on Capitol Hill.

The all-girls Catholic high school wants to build a five-level, 246-stall garage to house more parking for students, staff and visitors. It currently has 129 staff members and 730 students, but just 39 parking spaces.

Plans also call for a surface lot for 32 vehicles on the north side of the campus.

The school has said it does not intend to increase enrollment or faculty size as a result of the project.

The garage would be built beneath the existing gym, which would be partially demolished and rebuilt with a slightly larger footprint measuring about 15,350 square feet.

City staff and neighbors expressed concerns that the project would harm a greenway that runs along 21st Avenue East.

The revised plans, according to the architect, would eliminate potential conflicts with the greenway and preserve more open space. The gym would be moved about a foot to the east, and a driveway to the garage on 21st would be removed. The garage would be served instead by existing driveways on 22nd Avenue East and East Roy Street.

Holy Names filed an application for a master use permit in January.

Andersen Construction is the general contractor.

Other team members include Coughlin Porter Lundeen, structural engineer; LDC, civil engineer; PanGeo, geotechnical engineer; Jay Magruder, landscape architect; Berona Engineers, mechanical engineer; and Case Engineering, electrical engineer.

Heffron Transportation is a traffic consultant for the project.

Broderick Architects also designed the school's three-story, 8,900-square-foot Mary Herche Pavilion, which opened in 2017. The pavilion houses a fitness center, commons and multipurpose conference room.