Feasibility Study: Spring 2019
As noted in the Background section of this website, in the spring of 2019, the district’s Facilities Planning Board Advisory Committee completed an update of the Ladue Schools District Facilities Master Plan, with the purpose of ensuring the educational needs of Ladue Schools students will be met from a facility standpoint in both the short and long term. To accomplish this goal, the Facilities Planning Board Advisory Committee documented all that has been accomplished to date to address facility needs and identified needs that still exist or can be foreseen.
As a result of these findings, the Ladue Schools Board of Education decided in the spring of 2019 to have professional feasibility studies conducted to further define the strengths and weaknesses of the district’s four K-4 elementary schools and Ladue Middle School and to begin assessing the logistics and broad financial implications of updating and renovating these buildings.
This work was done during the summer of 2019:
For Conway Elementary School and Reed Elementary School, the focus was primarily on aging infrastructure. Potential improvements include the installation of fire suppression systems, window replacement, and LED lighting upgrades.
For Spoede Elementary School, Old Bonhomme Elementary School and Ladue Middle School, some of these same needs exist, in addition to the need for additional classrooms and larger common spaces to accommodate current and projected enrollment, as well as to meet Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) standards.
These studies were completed and presented to the Board of Education at their Sept. 10, 2019 Board Meeting and included a study of the existing structures, general building and academic space needs, land formations and restrictions, and how efficiently space is currently being used at these locations
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These studies include rough concepts and general cost estimates. The concepts simply reflect the general location and size of various potential improvements. The range of cost estimates, based on various options, total $109-$120 million and reflect the “all-in” cost if every identified need were addressed to its ideal potential. These concepts and cost estimates are being used by our architectural partners (see below) as a basis for further study to refine the appropriate levels of improvements and costs. The total cost of any actual projects considered is anticipated to be significantly lower.
Selection of Partners to Provide Additional Analysis: January 2020
In January 2020, the Board of Education approved the administration’s recommendations to partner with Ittner/Perkins and Will for architectural services and S.M. Wilson for construction management services. These firms will assist in further refinement of potential plans for Old Bonhomme Elementary School, Spoede Elementary School and Ladue Middle School — the three schools which have been identified as needing the most significant improvements.
The first step in the design process for Old Bonhomme Elementary School, Spoede Elementary School and Ladue Middle School was to conduct Programming Workshops with teams of administrators, teachers and parents in order to begin envisioning what ideal teaching and learning environments would look like and include. These workshops informed the actual design process for these spaces which also take into account existing structures, campus topography, etc.
Please visit the Concept Section of this website to view the information and concepts developed through these workshops.
The Ladue School District is dedicated to updating and receiving input from the community on a regular basis as these potential projects progress. The first opportunities for this would have been in the spring of 2020 when the architectural team completed the “programming” phase of the design process. Unfortunately, do to the COVID-19 pandemic, these community meetings had to be canceled.
Opportunities to learn more about these projects virtually are being planned for the fall of 2020, and, as the St. Louis area begins to reopen for larger groups to gather, in-person opportunities for engagement and feedback opportunities will be rescheduled. See the Community Events section of this website for details.