Catholic School Breaks Ground for School Campus

St. Francis Xavier Catholic School, the oldest private school in Brunswick, Ga., held a groundbreaking ceremony for a new school campus at 1129 Grant Street.

The 30,000-square-foot campus will encompass preschool through eighth grade, featuring classrooms with the latest technology, as well as a cafetorium, computer lab, science lab, honors classrooms, library, and music room. The building itself will incorporate a unique blend of modern constructions benefits and traditional architecture. The campus will also include a new playground and play surfaces that will be self-contained with modern safety and security measures.

St. Francis Xavier Catholic School retained Savannah-based architecture firm, Felder & Associates, and West Construction Company to design and build the new campus.

"We're thrilled to be part of the team bringing St. Francis Xavier Catholic School into the 21st century with a new building," said Brian Felder, managing principal of Felder & Associates. "This project has been in the works for 10 years and we're proud to be part of it."

Felder added, "This school will anchor Catholic education on the southeast coast, offering kids a great place to learn and grow. The focus will be on science, technology, religion, engineering, arts, and math (STREAM) with special facilities to foster the students’ development."

Matt West, President of West Construction, said, “St. Francis Xavier School has a proud history dating back to 1900. This new modern facility will help their students and faculty carry on their proud tradition for generations to come, and we’re proud to be a small part of their story. The community and parish have been very supportive as we worked to this groundbreaking, and we look forward to a safe and successful project.”


St. Francis Xavier School is the oldest private school in Brunswick, GA, established in Glynn County in 1900. It is part of the Catholic Diocese of Savannah, is accredited by Cognia/SACS, and is a member of the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA). The school’s mission is to educate the whole child through academics, co-curricular, faith-formation and service programs.

ABOUT FELDER & ASSOCIATESEstablished in 2012, Felder & Associates specializes in historic preservation, commercial architecture, adaptive reuse architecture, corporate interior design, high-end residential design, green building and neo-traditional building. The firm has experienced a 10% yearly growth for the past three consecutive years, and holds memberships with the Historic Savannah Foundation, the American Institutes of Architects and the United States Green Building Council. Recognitions include historic preservation awards from the Historic Savannah Foundation, the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation’s Excellence in Rehabilitation award, the Georgia Association of The American Institute of Architects Design Award in Renovation and a special judges’ award from Hospitality Design magazine. Felder & Associates is located at 2514 Abercorn Street, Suite 120, Savannah, GA 31401. For more information or to contact Felder & Associates, call 912-777-3979, or visit


West Construction Company was established in 2014 at the recommendation of several local business leaders in Savannah, GA, who saw an opportunity for a mid-sized commercial construction company that could provide a more personalized and thoughtful experience to its clients. They have heeded that advice since day one, and with each successful project, we have grown in reputation to become one of the most respected construction firms in Southeast Georgia.


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