During 2011, St. Joseph's Villa embarked on a huge project to transform
its 82-acre campus into a safer, more therapeutic learning environment.
The project included the construction of a new roadway encircling the original
campus and converting many existing roads into a Pedestrian Avenue. This
Pedestrian Avenue provides our children and families with a more tranquil
and therapeutic learning environment essential for healthy cognitive development.
The Villa's new campus will literally "set the stage" for their
learning new strategies and skills for success.
Once completed, the new Pedestrian Avenue will provide a safer environment for the children and families served by St. Joseph's Villa. (Click on the image to enlarge)
To achieve these results, the Villa campus underwent a series of construction efforts during 2011. The overall project has been divided into seven "Phases.” Please read below for a timeline and update on each Phase. As of January 1, 2012, Phases 1-6 have been completed.
The first phase will be the construction of the new roadway encircling
the Villa's original buildings. The new roadway is shown in yellow on the
diagram below. Construction of the perimeter roadway is planned to be completed
by June 1, 2011.
Note: Brook Road (US1) is at bottom and Parham Road is at
Click on the image to enlarge.
Feb. 8 update - The South Gate has been closed and many trees on the South side of campus have been cleared to make way for the new perimeter roadway. All buildings are open, but some new traffic patterns are in place.
April 26 update - Construction of the Perimeter Road is moving along well. New sidewalks have been constructed at the South (Hollybrook) sides of the road, and gravel is quickly working its way around Cottages 1 through 4. The main parking lot next to the Villa gym has been removed and the surface is being graded for a new lot. Water pipes have been laid under the new roadway. Paving is scheduled for completion by early June, 2011. After that, on to the Pedestrian Mall!
Work on the Villa's main entrance, turning circle and roadways to the North side (to the right ) of the chapel.
June 9 Update - The Villa's Perimter Road will open on Monday, June 13. New traffic patterns will be in effect. Visitors should use either the South Gate (on Brook Road) or the new Parham Road Gate (on Parham Road) to access the Villa's main parking lot. Click HERE to get a PDF with a map and driving directions.
Work on roadways and sidewalks to the South side (to the left) of the Villa chapel.
August 17 Update - Work on the new Pedestrian Avenue is proceeding as planned, thanks to the dry weather. The Villa's main entrance should open on September 15. Stay tuned!
September 1 Update - Work on the Villa's road system has been completed, and the Villa Main Gate will reopen on Tuesday, September 6. Many formerly on-way roads are now two-way streets, and new vistor parking areas have been created. Download a visitor parking map by clicking HERE.
Laying brick pavers and building sidewalks on the South side of campus. Includes landscaping work.
Laying brick pavers and building sidewalks on the North side of campus. Includes landscaping work and work restoring the Central Gardens.
Resurfacing main entrance and turning circle roadways.
During construction, signs will be posted to alert drivers of changed traffic patterns. Please use EXTREME CAUTION when visiting St. Joseph's Villa during the construction period. The safety of our children and families is our biggest priority!
Phases 2 through 6 will take place from May 2011 through December 2011. We will provide regular updates on this page.
Final project work, including lighting, landscaping, siagnage and improvements to various buildings to better integrate with the new traffic patterns. Work to be completed by early summer 2012.
If you would like to receive our email newsletters, which also will include construction updates, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The construction is taking place thanks to the generosity of individuals, corporations and foundations which have contributed to the Believing is Seeing Campaign. To learn more about this important effort, please click HERE.