Mary Institute & St. Louis Country Day School (MICDS) was in need of a major indoor sports practice facility for the upper school and physical education space for the lower school. McDonnell Athletic Center was developed to facilitate those needs. It consists of 86,000 SF with three courts that can be configured for tennis, basketball or volleyball along with support spaces for training, P.E. staff and a fitness center. The space also provides a 200 meter indoor track, long-jump pit, pole-vault pit, triple-jump areas, drop-down batting cages and a lacrosse practice wall.
This adaptable space is divisible by drop-down divider curtains and will accommodate after-hours sports practice for school teams. The entire sport floor of the athletic area is a synthetic multi-sport surface, allowing for mixed usage and flexibility.
M+H Architects helps the client focus on their immediate and future needs, and on how to get the most for their investment. Architecturally, every building requires room-by-room functional design. Communication is the key at each step. There are no precise answers. Each project has a different budget and a singular image to project. That's why, for each project we undertake, M+H arrives with a clean slate, ready to learn.
Building programs for recreational facilities require efficient management of multiple tasks from programming to project completion. M+H Architects has worked with the St. Louis Rams, Mary Institute & St. Louis Country Day School, and Town & Country Equestrian Center on successful projects. Our senior project managers have a significant amount of experience with recreational projects providing a solid foundation of proven professionals ready to listen, challenge and follow-through with every detail.