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  Campbell Montessori SchoolCampbell Montessori School


Rataj-Krueger Architects, Inc. (RKAI)
10777 Sunset Office Drive, #300, Sunset Hills, MO 63127

General Description

Location: St. Peters, Missouri
Date Bid: Nov 2008 Construction Period: Dec 2008 to Oct 2009
Total Square Feet: 6,542 Site: 6.5 acres.
Number of Buildings: One; (upper entry 2 classrooms; lower level 2 classrooms).
Building Size: First floor, 3,271; second floor, 3,271; total,
6,542 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 12’; second floor, 18’; total, 30’.
Basic Construction Type: Addition.
Foundation: Cast-in-place. Exterior Walls: Wood frame,
wood studs. Roof: Architectural shingles.
Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: Wood stud drywall.

Construction Team

General Contractor: Greater Missouri Builders - 1551 Wall Street, #220, St. Charles, MO 63303

The Montessori school opened in June of 1989 as the St. Charles Montessori Academy under the sponsorship of Greater Missouri Builders. With an ever-growing student enrollment, the school could no longer perform at the present premises.

Rataj Krueger Architects, Inc. (RKAI) was commissioned to design a new progressive, multi-purpose, two story building that included 4 Class rooms, multi-purpose meeting rooms, office and a student library.

Chairman of the Board Scott Campbell, expressed his vision to the Architects, of a Midwest rustic style building. RKAI took this concept and developed it into the school building to blend with the surrounding environment.

To achieve the required building design, of a natural setting, RKAI first incorporated eco-friendly design and materials, with large open wooden trusses, natural lighting and the use of dormers, and vertical exterior siding. The project also included master planning features, such as; a silo type structure for the science department, with a telescope observatory on the top.

One of the goals was to make the entire campus flow with a series of decks, overlooks, and ramps to provide total accessibility. The school building environmental impact analysis incorporates the sustainable Energy Star® qualified Eagle panel system. This system includes both walls and roof panels, constructed off site, with resource efficient and energy conserving materials, and EPS insulation, which contains no CFC's or ureaformaldehyde, providing better indoor quality.

Now with an enrollment of 130 in the toddler, primary and elementary programs the school is growing to 27,000 square feet, with proposed additional outside nature and gardening facilities.

The Montessori school looks forward to continued expansion and is in the process of adding a garden area.

RKAI is an innovative national design firm. The principal architects in the firm are Don Rataj, Kurtis Krueger and Geoffrey Crowley. Their experience, expertise and vision implement the ideas of the client. The firm strives to produce "outside the box" designs featuring sustainable design solution, while being budget conscious.


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