Room to Grow
Two prominent private schools are in the process of making major updates to their campuses.
1/ Forsyth School recently cut the ribbon on Next House, the school’s newest property housing classrooms for fifth grade students. The project was made possible by the school's Expanding Our Opportunities Capital Campaign, which kicked off last April. Forsyth’s one-of-a-kind campus has developed extensively over the years, beginning with the purchase of the school’s first house in 1965. Today, the school’s classrooms are contained in six stately, spacious houses—all of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Spaces. This year, the school renovated two of the six and substantially landscaped and expanded the grounds. The Expanding Our Opportunities Capital Campaign is ongoing, with a goal to raise $4.5 million—the largest fundraising effort in the school’s history.
2/ In the spring of 2014, Mary Institute and Saint Louis Country Day School will complete construction on the new 80,000-square-foot McDonnell Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Facility and Brauer Hall, which will be the most advanced STEM building in the region. The LEED-certified green construction features a synthetic tile roof made of recycled materials, wind turbines, geothermal windows, solar collectors and a storm water filtration system, plus outdoor learning spaces such as classrooms, teaching gardens and a nature loop. The new STEM facility will be a place that inspires new standards of excellence in teaching and learning with features such as nine science “clabs” (classroom laboratories), an 800-seat auditorium and specialized laboratories for visiting scientists, long-term student research, plant sciences and robotics. – CR
2/ Rendering courtesy of Centerbrook Architects and Planners.