Cristo Rey Columbus High School


Cristo Rey


Columbus, Ohio


Schooley Caldwell


Cristo Rey is a Catholic, college- preparatory high school with a professional work study program. Corna Kokosing performed a $15.7M historic renovation of the 1890’s Ohio School for the Blind and the Deaf and turned it into a modern, student-centered learning environment. It includes a multipurpose fitness space, dining room that supports family-style dining, large multipurpose “college-like” commons areas for interaction/collaboration; study alcoves and niches; gallery space to celebrate student work; teaching studios that are an open floor plan and connect to smaller teaching suites; and expansive, 15-ft-ceiling classrooms (1,850 SF each) with large storage areas and prep stations for multidisciplinary integrated learning and labs.

Awards and Recognition

2014 Builders Exchange “Craftsmanship Award: Kirt Baker for Structural Steel Work”
2015 Associated General Contractors (AGC) Build Ohio Award
2015 Heritage Ohio “Historic School of the Year Preservation & Revitalization Award”
2015 Ohio History Connection “State Historic Preservation Office Award”
2015 Columbus Landmark Foundation James B. Recchie Design Award
2015 Columbus Downtown Commission Harrison Smith Award

Corna Kokosing proved to be an excellent partner in this renovation project. They did an outstanding job of keeping us informed of the progress being made. The bottom line was exactly what every owner wants, Corna Kokosing finished the project on time and under budget!

F. James Foley–President

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