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Todd E. Andrews, AIA, is a Principal at Centerbrook and a graduate of Syracuse University.

A Building’s First Birthday

Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School

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.

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