As the design process continues and becomes more detailed, we will include renderings of the projects included in Proposition L through the links below. (Just click on the picture!) The sections that follow the galleries explain how these projects evolved over time.
Ladue Middle School, Spoede Elementary School and Old Bonhomme Elementary School
Leading Up to the Design Process
Developing architectural designs that fit the needs of Ladue Schools students in the short and the long term is a long, involved and evolutionary process. At the very beginning of the process, we seek to thoroughly understand our current buildings — their advantages, their limitations, the life expectancy of major systems and the topography on which they lie.
Another vital early step is getting extensive input from those who spend time in the current buildings on a regular basis to determine what educational needs are being fulfilled and which are not. To do this, Programming Teams were pulled together for the three schools which are anticipated to need the greatest amount of renovation: Old Bonhomme Elementary School, Spoede Elementary School and Ladue Middle School. These teams consist of administrators, teachers from each discipline and parents who are active in the school.
Four rounds of workshops were completed by these Programming Teams prior to the architects initiating the formal design process. The goals of these workshops, as well as the presentation decks used to guide the discussions, are listed below. The evolution from “big ideas and dreaming” to pragmatic, affordable solutions will be evident when chronologically reviewing these documents.
Programming Team Workshops – Round One. On Feb. 25, 2020, all three Programming Teams met as one to discuss the goals of this series of workshops. Immediately following this introductory meeting, the two elementary schools and the middle school met separately to begin their individual work, which included: developing guiding principals, defining “Future Ready Schools,” activity mapping and identifying the types of areas to be designed.
- Workshop 1A – Introduction (all three schools)
- Workshop 1B – Old Bonhomme and Spoede Elementary Schools
- Workshop 1B – Ladue Middle School
Programming Team Workshops – Round Two. On March 11 and 12, the three groups met separately to review their work from the previous workshop for accuracy and completeness and to diagram the ideal relationships between spaces.
- Workshop 2 – Old Bonhomme Elementary School
- Workshop 2 – Spoede Elementary School
- Workshop 2 – Ladue Middle School
Programming Team Workshops – Round Three. On April 3 and 6, the three groups met separately (and virtually) to see the work they had completed in Round Two translated into rough drawings indicating possible placement for various areas and size relationships. The groups provided feedback to the architects so that they could then move to even more specific designs.
- Workshop 3 – Old Bonhomme Elementary School
- Workshop 3 – Spoede Elementary School
- Workshop 3 – Ladue Middle School
On July 1, 2020, the architectural team presented the Schematic Designs reflected in this document for approval before moving onto the Design Development phase of the process. In this document you will find the existing conditions, the proposed site plans, overall building plans and classroom configurations, color and material palettes, and aerial views of the designs for Old Bonhomme Elementary School, Spoede Elementary School and Ladue Middle School.
Shown above: Renderings of the Ladue Middle School collaborative space on the second floor and the new Old Bonhomme Elementary gymnasium.
The next, and significantly more detailed, phase of design is known as Design Development. In this phase, the architectural team gets very specific in terms of the size of various spaces, the materials to be used, and the infrastructure required to support the facility. As this phase progresses, the architectural team works very closely with the construction management firm so that cost estimates can also be refined.
At the virtual community meetings held Oct. 5 – 13, the current designs were shared in order to demonstrate potential solutions to the issues identified at the district’s four K-4 elementary schools and Ladue Middle School and to allow participants to share their feedback. View the fall 2020 presentation components.
To see the details of the layouts within this presentation, please click on the links below. (For optimal viewing, download the pdf file and view in Adobe Reader.)
One of our requirements when selecting the architectural and construction management firms for these projects was that they have extensive experience in working on and in educational settings. This was not only because they would have experience designing and building for the intended functionality of the spaces, but because they would also be accustomed to developing plans for construction that allow the educational process to continue safely and effectively. In addition, and as we learned when renovating our high school, existing space can be used creatively to keep from having the expense or inconvenience of temporary classrooms (trailers) and our design and construction teams will assist us in developing those logistical plans, as well.
S.M. Wilson, our construction management firm, in conjunction with district administration, have developed the following individual school Phasing Plans to illustrate how the Old Bonhomme, Spoede and middle school projects would be approached, including which portions can be done while school is in session and which parts will need to be completed during summer break and other times when students are not on the campus.
- Old Bonhomme Elementary School Phasing Plan
- Spoede Elementary School Phasing Plan
- Ladue Middle School Phasing Plan
Concepts – Conway and Reed Elementary Schools
While these two K-4 elementary schools are older than the other two, the average classroom sizes are larger and the general building configurations still lend themselves to today’s teaching and learning methods. So, while the changes at these schools will not be as obvious from the outside, replacements and upgrades to windows, lighting, heating, air conditioning and security systems will reduce daily operating costs significantly. In addition, new “safe room” gyms will be added and the existing gym spaces will be renovated for collaborative learning spaces.
Conway Elementary School – Overhead and Front Views
Reed Elementary School – Overhead and Front Views