The floor plans shown below reflect the design as of April 13, 2017, and accurately represent the types of improvements that will be incorporated into a renovated high school in order to improve the learning environment. (Specific characteristics are listed below the floor plans.)
- A spacious entryway and lobby specifically for students that offers quick access to both academic and social areas of the school (leading through the Commons Area, the Multipurpose Space and into the Cafeteria)
- Opportunities for natural light expanded throughout the building, even for internal classrooms
- Media Center nestled in the midst of various academic areas, furnished to accommodate a variety of uses
- Seminar and breakout areas mixed in with classrooms, enabling small group work
- Lecture area large enough to enable speakers to address multiple classes simultaneously
- Third story added and basement eliminated to resolve current flooding issues
- Spaces to exhibit student work throughout the building
- Hallways wide enough to handle large volumes of traffic and small gathering areas
- Greenhouse and Outdoor Classroom added to the top of the third story
- Coffee Shop to offer more refreshment options for students between classes and free traffic flow in the cafeteria
- More restrooms spaced evenly throughout the building
- Individual academic disciplines are grouped in the same location of the building and adjacent to other related disciplines with which they regularly collaborate — social studies and English language arts, for instance
- Teaching stations are located within departments in academic suites and create collaborative environments across departments
- Department office suites located near respective academic suites for access by students
- Prep rooms adjacent to science classrooms, allowing projects to be stored between classes
- Project rooms near classrooms so small groups can meet and/or long-term projects can be stored
- Classrooms designed to accommodate today’s educational best practices which require spaces conducive to collaboration across disciplines, small group work, the integrated use of science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM), and the opportunity for students to apply their knowledge in real-world applications and group-based projects
- Flexible science classrooms with lab and lecture capability, which also have the ability to incorporate technology and engineering components into educational programming
- Technology and furniture will enable flexible use of each classroom
Safety and Security
- Expansion of safety and security features with minimized entrances and exits; continuous, clear sight lines; and safeguards for visitor entry
- Upgraded to meet all current codes, including full use and accessibility for students, staff and visitors with disabilities
- Clear and intuitive way-finding
- Ability to close part of the building to visitors after hours, while leaving other areas accessible
- Logical room numbering system
- Improved ability for supervision by staff and administrators
- Seismic improvements in all renovated and rebuilt areas
- Locations identified throughout the building that will feature graphics promoting and celebrating school pride, including: the high school seal inlaid in the terrazzo floor of the student entry, graphics located in each discipline’s department featuring a quote chosen by those teachers, an athletics wall mural outside of the Nielson Gym, a “LADUE” letters montage in the Multipurpose space and a historic timeline wall wrap along the main entry
- Focus on sustainable design of all mechanical systems and recycling of materials resulting from demolition
- Energy efficient and easily controlled HVAC system capable of adjusting to varying loads within the building
- Adjustable, automated and more energy efficient lighting
- Better delineation and configuration of parking, vehicular traffic flow and pedestrian traffic flow
To view more images of the design features and visualize how they are incorporated into the renovated building, click here.
History of Concept Development
Spring 2015: Preliminary Concepts for Discussion
In Spring 2015, five concepts were developed by the architectural design team based on their analysis of the existing structure and campus, existing site constraints and information gathered from various stakeholder groups. The purpose of these concepts was to assist in further identifying and prioritizing facility characteristics. Get more information about these preliminary concepts.
Summer 2015: Single Refined Concept for Analysis and Cost Estimating
On June 10, 2015, a single refined concept was presented to the Ladue Schools Board of Education in order to begin more in-depth discussions about the building’s features and layouts, and to begin the process of developing cost projections for various facets of the project. This concept was further defined over the course of the summer and a finalized concept with a narrowed cost estimate range was completed by the time the 2015-16 school year started in August.
Fall 2015: Further Refined Concept for Community Engagement
On Sept. 8, 2015, a concept reflecting the revisions which took place over the summer were presented to the Board of Education. These designs were presented to the Ladue Schools community through multiple communication channels, including Community Forums, mailings, neighborhood gatherings, electronic media and social media. This concept continued to be refined by high school staff and district administrators and was used as the basis for estimating potential project costs for the Board’s consideration as they deliberated whether to move forward with a bond referendum and in what amount. As the community engagement campaign progressed, the district received feedback from district residents in the form of a survey conducted through Patron Insights, Inc. With all of this information in hand, the Board of Education decided to place Prop R on the April ballot.
Spring 2016: Refinement of Designs and Concepts Post-Bond
After voters in the Ladue School District passed Prop R on April 5, 2016, the district continued to engage students and staff regarding the design evolution. Beginning in April 2016 and continuing through December, the various high school teaching departments were approached regarding their particular sections within the new building and the structural design for those spaces. As the interior design evolved, student groups were asked to provide feedback to ensure all elements were considered from a student’s point of view, as well as staff.
Fall 2016: Refinement of Designs and Concepts Post-Bond
In September, the City of Ladue approved design permits, including a floodway variance and a height variance for the third-story clear story space above the Media Center. Then, in November, the City of Ladue approved the building permit, allowing the new construction and renovation to proceed toward completion. Also in this timeframe, the school district directed the design team to move forward with all eight of the board-approved alternates, incorporating them into the final design. A few of these include a Grab and Go Station, a Coffee Bar, a greenhouse and roof pavers and existing window replacement.
Spring 2017: Refinement of Designs and Concepts Post-Bond
Throughout March and April, the district held multiple design presentations, given by Bond Architects, including one for students who had been involved throughout the process and one for high school staff. The goal of these presentations was to illustrate how the suggestions from these groups had been taken into account and incorporated into the final interior design and layout of the renovated building. Those who attended were encouraged to make further suggestions, or ask for clarification regarding all aspects of the renovation. The updated floor plans and renderings shown at these presentations can be seen above.
As of the end of April, all design documents were complete, resulting in the architects and construction team all working from one complete set of construction plans.