Architect and Project Manager: Kristi Beattie Sapp Design Architects
Interior Designer: Jennifer Fick Sapp Design Architects
Project Goal: Through renovation and new construction, create a modern, flexible, multifunctioning school building to serve the district’s students, teachers and community at large.
Education is ever evolving. With new research comes new understandings, leading to innovation and advancement in the learning process. But what happens when the school buildings no longer support the teachers and students inside? For phase one of a multiphased construction and renovation process to Maplecrest Elementary School in Lebanon, Missouri, the team from Sapp Design Architects looked not only at what the school district needed now, but what they needed next.
“I feel like there were several goals within this project. We had the new addition, and we had the renovation of the existing multipurpose room to expand their cafeteria,” says Jennifer Fick, Interior Designer at Sapp Design Architects. “I think the main goal was just that the school’s building was only about 57% of the square footage required for the student population.”
A common thread connecting both the re-imagined existing spaces and newly constructed ones was to match the school’s modern teaching approach with flexible classroom and common spaces, while also keeping future growth in mind. First constructed in 1955, the original Maplecrest school building includes several additions—without much focus put towards cohesion or adaptability. “Education used to be more confined to a single classroom. Students sit there and the teacher teaches to them for eight hours a day,” says Architect and Project Manager Kristi Beattie. “Now it’s much more project based, collaborative, interactive, one-to-one. So, the spaces that we’re designing have to be able to adapt to that new teaching method.”