Hope Educational & Research – Montessori Schools

Hope Educational & Research Center’s preschools are renowned for providing quality education. They operate year around  and offer a Montessori-based curriculum during the school year and day camps during the summer months. M+H and Hope have worked successfully together on multiple projects since 1994. Below are descriptions of some of these projects.

Andrews Academy – Science Addition, Creve Coeur, MO

The project consisted of a two story addition to an existing private elementary school serving grades 1 through 6. The addition was to match the existing building geometry and brick veneer and provide 2 new science labs, 2 classrooms, performing arts and stage, storage and accessibility.
The science lab included separate teacher’s prep area and demonstration counter and classroom lecture and storage space. The performance arts took advantage of the existing gym adjacency for spectators, and the performing arts classroom was provided adequate storage as well as convenient access to the adjacent stage. Additional classrooms, classroom storage and gym storage were also provided.

Hope Infant Toddler Community – Renovation and Addition, St. Louis, MO

Our objective was to improve and enlarge the existing Montessori school and maintain its residential character, during operation and occupancy.
The existing building consisted of the original home and an addition. The original home structure was demolished while keeping and renovating the ten year old wing. New construction, while more than double the area of the original structure, was built in phases to surround the former wing. Phase I involved five classrooms with toilet facilities, a common area, storage, laundry, kitchen, pantry and administrative area. In Phase II, existing classrooms were renovated and updated. A new gallery was created through the relocation of the active play area. During Phase III, a meeting room was added for staff, parents and social events.

Hope Child Development Center – New School, St. Louis, MO

The project consisted of a new facility in a narrow strip of land in Olivette, Missouri. The building was designed to accommodate infants through five years of age.
All rooms were designed with a standard core for toilets, water, changing area, storage, etc. A vaulting canopy was designed to give a sense of entry to every classroom along with a window to allow children to view the room from their level. High traffic areas were identified in each room using a durable vinyl tile and carpet for the remainder of the room.
The building is approximately 17,500 square feet and meets all childcare licensing requirements for the state. With a vaulted canopy at the main entrance and a continuous colonnade around the perimeter of the building, this building has a unique appearance from the road. In addition, the colonnade allowed weather protection for child access from every room to the playground in the rear of the facility.

Hope Montessori School – Renovation, Lake Saint Louis, MO

The project is a renovation of an existing church into a private montessori school. The existing building, which was designed to accommodate seven classrooms, is Phase I with additional classrooms planned for Phase II and Phase III.
The building includes areas for kitchen, administration, staff workroom, toilets and outdoor play areas. The project’s scope of services included planning and zoning review and approval, Lake Saint Louis Development and Review Board approval, State of Missouri approval for Department of Health and the State Fire Marshall’s approval.
The building consists of approximately 9,800 square feet of renovation area with a completely new kitchen, mechanical, fire protection, plumbing systems and expansion of the electrical system. The project duration was seven months for Phase I. In order to keep the facility in operation, the east wing was renovated first and the children were relocated to the newly renovated area to allow for the west wing renovation. The renovation provides for a completely new look outside with numerous window features and roof dormer, along with a new entry canopy and terraced planter.

Hope – A Child’s Adventure, Renovation for an Hourly Day Care, O’Fallon, MO

The design challenge was to create a fun, active learning environment with Montessori educational opportunities for infants and toddlers, contained within a strip retail building with limited design possibilities. The center is an hourly drop-off daycare facility that allows parents to drop off their children without notice if they have chores, appointments or other commitments.
An exciting environment was created using shapes and colors, while keeping the existing structure simple. Light flooring and forest green exposed structure allows attention to focus on furniture and play structures. The space is open, with distinct areas for learning, computers, play, physical activity, movies, eating and rest. Other areas of the building include a gymnasium, toddler room, mess hall and a theater.

Hope Montessori Schools – Stetson Hills, Centennial Park, & Monument, CO

Hope Educational & Research Center expanded into Colorado with two 10,000 SF Montessori schools in Colorado Springs (Stetson Hills and Centennial Park). A brick veneer and synthetic plaster facade with sloped roof provided a residential style design for these first two buildings, which serve up to 175 children and staff. These facilities have proven to be very successful, with these first two nearing full capacity occupancy upon opening in September of 2003.
After the opening the two new Colorado Springs Montessori schools, Hope Educational and Research Center retained M+H for another facility in Monument, Colorado. Like the earlier facilities, the Monument facility has a combination of masonry and EIFS exterior. This building is somewhat larger at approximately 12,000 SF and sits on a very large site, for potential future campus expansion.

Hope Montessori Schools – Falcon & Westminster, CO

With the success of the first three schools, Hope Educational & Research Center decided to open a fourth Colorado school, this time in Falcon. The Falcon facility was completed in the summer of 2007 and is basically identical to the Stetson Hills school completed in 2003 in Colorado Springs.
Completed in 2010, the fifth Colorado facility, located in Westminster, is ideally located in a planned community. The concept behind the community was to create a pedestrian friendly atmosphere with homes and businesses within walking distance of each other. Similar to its sister facilities, the Westminster school also has a combination facade of brick and EIFS and is just over 10,000 SF.

Hope Montessori Academy – Lake Saint Louis, MO

This new Montessori facility for Hope Educational & Research Center was completed in 2013 and is located at the corner of Feise and Henke Roads in Lake Saint Louis, Missouri. The project is a site adaptation and update to previous plans developed for the Westminster, Colorado Montessori school.  It is an approximate 10,000 SF one-story educational building.  The exterior wall construction is load bearing steel studs with brick veneer with an exterior insulation and finish system above the brick and has an aluminum storefront window system.  The front elevation has masonry accent piers with an entry canopy and stone accents at the piers and at key window openings.  The roof construction is pre-engineered trusses with asphalt shingles.  This project is also highlighted in an article written on January 30th, 2014 which can be found in our “News” section.

Hope Educational & Research Center – New Administration Building, Creve Coeur, MO

This is the corporate headquarters for a St. Louis based Montessori School with numerous campuses in St. Louis County and St. Charles County in Missouri, and in the state of Colorado. This facility consists of a large, clerestory illuminated atrium with private offices that flank its perimeter. The building also has a kitchen, print and fax workroom, accounting area and corporate boardroom. The lower level incorporates work areas for the many maintenance and facility support personnel including garage areas for work projects and vehicles. There are numerous custom components including customized reception desk, conference table, head of school suite and numerous built-in components.
The exterior of the building maintains the feel of the main campus architecture with light grey brick but also features a circular granite clad entry that compliments the circular board room with its patina standing seam roof.


I can truly say that over the years and after many buildings, M+H Architects is certainly one of the finest we have ever encountered from start to finish.

-Mr. Andrew J. Signorelli, Headmaster, Hope Educational and Research Center, Andrews Academy