Mary Institute & St. Louis Country Day School (MIDCS)

Master Planning & Design

Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School each had clearly distinct campuses and their primary goal was to unify and blend the architecture, lawns and environment after the merger, to look as though they had always been one campus. Through careful analysis of each type of architecture, we were able to discover common elements that were significant to the proposed new buildings. We identified major circulation patterns through each campus, along with visual connections to existing buildings, to integrate the new structures in a manner that felt original, planned and connected. Three new pick-up/drop-off points increased parking for 816 cars and new tennis courts and multi-purpose athletic fields to serve as the main lawn through the campus were also planned. What has emerged is a campus that is physically and symbolically connected, unified and historically sensitive.

Special consideration was taken to ensure that the new building connecting the north and south campuses was a cohesive component. Olson Hall, the new administration building, was literally a symbolic demonstration of their unity. The integration of elements common to each campus allowed Olson Hall to be a stepping-stone from one style at the north end of the campus to another style at the southern half of the campus. The result is a building most appropriate for the site that integrates the campuses into one interconnected development.

Facilities Assessment

The primary objective of the assessment was to review a total of 20 buildings on the campus and note physical or operational deficiencies. We utilized a Standard Guide for Property Condition Assessments – Baseline Property Condition Assessment Process as our basis for general conformance, to guide us in reviewing each building and limited review of associated site improvements including parking, playground and athletic fields/courts.

The Condition Assessment is visual identification of physical deficiencies as well as an analytical observation of the final report included in a written description of each building and campus component along with the facility based on staff interviews and document research.