A New Pathway for Students

Lourdes Hall, University of Saint Joseph


Completed in November 2016, BVH provided integrated engineering services on this 6,000-SF renovation of existing facilities and a 4,500-SF building addition.

Lourdes Hall was converted from a three-story convent now designed to support the Physician Assistant Studies Program, which is expected to attract more than 100 students. Lourdes Hall was renovated with both traditional form and materials, with the use of red brick and a pitched roof, fitting appropriately on campus, while also incorporating contemporary details, providing slight differentiations.

Lourdes Hall features an archway used as a connection to a private courtyard setting the scene as a restorative and private space for students spending the day on campus. Inside Lourdes Hall, there is the latest technology is incorporated into state-of-the-art classrooms, a physical assessment laboratory, and patient exam rooms for the Physician Assistant graduates to be ready to step directly into our healthcare system.

The new Physician Assistant program is housed in the addition of Lourdes Hall compliments USJ and their other programs in nursing, nutrition, pharmacy, and social work. With the addition of the program, USJ will be providing a pathway for undergraduate students to spend three and a half years in their undergraduate program and then move to the PA program, completing the entire program in 28 months.

Size / Cost

10,500 SF


Civil, electrical, mechanical, structural