A Building’s First Birthday

It seems like such a cliché to say “how time flies” or to talk about how fast the kids grow up, but we’ve all done it and it rings true. Birthdays come and go, but the early ones are often the most exciting and celebratory. It is no exception with buildings: I can hardly believe that just one year ago McDonnell Hall and Brauer Hall opened their doors to the students and faculty of Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School.

MICDS’ aspirations were inspired and noble – construct a sustainable environment to support a highly innovative curriculum that will enable students to create, problem solve, experiment, and succeed. The MICDS leadership of Lisa Lyle, Head of School, and Becky Young, Chief Financial Officer, assembled an amazing team and led a process to make this project a success.

But success can really only be measured once the building comes alive with inhabitants. Will the spaces stimulate and improve the leaders of tomorrow’s lives? This MICDS video offers some clues.

Jim Childress and I were privileged and honored to work on this project with so many wonderful people in St. Louis: designers, engineers, craftsman, and of course the MICDS community; so on behalf of our team, I wish McDonnell Hall and Brauer Hall a Happy Birthday!

Project Team:

Centerbrook Architects and Planners, LLP – Architect

Northstar Management Co, LLC – Owner’s Representative

BSI Constructors, Inc. – Construction Manager

Bryant Dieso, LLC – Green Building and LEED Consultant

Civil Engineering Design Consultants – Civil Engineer

Alper Audi, Inc. – Structural Engineer

William Tao and Associates, Inc. – MEPFP Engineer

SWT Design – Landscape Architect

Cavanaugh Tocci Associates – Architectural Acoustics

Kalin Associates – Architectural Specifications

CI Select – Interior Furnishings

Heitman Associates – Building Envelope Consultants

PR Sherman – Code Consultant