At one time, Whitfield School operated from several different building types, including a garage, an existing house, metal building structures and an addition for the cafeteria and kitchen, and they were looking for a new image. The first project, completed in 1994, included classrooms, library, main offices, student commons, and a new main entry. This was only the first step in “energizing” the school, with a high-tech look and a larger, more flexible environment to better accommodate the School’s curriculum.
The second phase, completed in 1997, included expansion of the Science Wing and its connection to the main campus. This addition houses new, upper school chemistry, biology and physics learning centers that provide separate instructional and lab spaces. Exposed structure, ductwork and lighting accompany the epoxy floor finish at lab areas, while suspended acoustical ceiling "clouds" and vinyl composition tile define the instructional area. A shared storage and prep area separates the chemistry and biology rooms, giving instructors the ability to make advanced preparations for upcoming classes. The renovated portion of the project provides more versatile instructional/lab spaces, and incorporates a "computer commons" for students to research and complete homework assignments at any time of the day.
The final phase, finished in 2002, includes a new performing arts center, gymnasium, gallery and commons area and completes the campus with an elegant appearance along Ladue Road to the north. The Schmitter Gallery is a large gathering space connecting the entrances to the new Woods Performing Arts Center and the Cady Athletic Center.
Construction included a multifaceted process of renovation, construction and relocation of building functions. The existing athletic facility was expanded to create performance and practice gyms, powerlifting and fitness spaces and new locker and concession facilities. The existing media center was converted to classrooms, and then the Intellectual Commons and Piper Courtyard were created to provide a media center that includes wireless computer technology, a cyber-cafe and a mezzanine.
These projects have set the standards for educational space and have elevated the quality of education at Whitfield School.
Intellectual Commons Renovated from the existing gym, this space is the first of its kind and the direction of school library design today. This space combines group study, social gathering, book stacks, individual study and video conferencing into one space. A truly flexible and dynamic space at the core of the school.
Schmitter Gallery As a multi-functional space, the gallery serves as a lobby for the theater and gym, access to the fields, a social and gathering space and a separate entry to the school.
Cady Gym As the main performance space, basketball and volleyball can now be accommodated with up to 800 spectators. Dividing curtains, retractable goals and seats, school banners and wood flooring make this space a first class facility.
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.