Andrew's Episcopal Day School, McRae Science Center|
General Contractor & Cost Estimator
Dean & Dean/Associates Architects, P.A.
4400 Old Canton Road, #200, Jackson, MS 39211
Location: Ridgeland, Mississippi
Date Bid: July 2010 Construction Period: Aug 2010 to Aug
Total Square Feet: 30,179 Site: 2.2 acres.
Number of Buildings: One, 10 classrooms seating 20 per, theater.
Building Size: First floor, 14,210; second floor, 15,969;
total, 30,179 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 9'4"; second floor, varies from
9'4" one side/other side 20'; floor to floor, 14'; highest point, 42'.
Basic Construction Type: New.
Foundation: Pier & grade beam. Exterior Walls: Brick.
Roof: Metal. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls:
Metal stud drywall.
Structural Engineer: Spencer-Engineers, Inc. - 2675 River Ridge
Drive, Jackson, MS 39216
General Contractor: Harrell Contracting Group, LLC - 368 Highland
Colony Parkway, Ridgeland, MS 39157
Mechanical Engineer: Atherton Consulting Engineers, Inc. - 1900
Lakeland Drive, Jackson, MS 39216
Electrical Engineer: The Power Source, PLLC - 945 Madison Avenue,
Madison, MS 39110
The McRae Science Center is located on the north campus of St. Andrew's
Episcopal School in Ridgeland, Mississippi and is the centerpiece of St.
Andrew's $6.3 million capital campaign, The Campaign for Science and
Art. Designed by Dean & Dean/Associates Architects, P.A., this $5.5
million, 31,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility includes six
well-equipped biology, chemistry, and physics classrooms/laboratories;
three Upper School math classrooms; a 108-seat lecture hall; staging
areas for long-term research projects; and gathering areas in which
students and faculty can hold brainstorming sessions.
The eco-friendly building incorporates sustainable materials, energy
efficient features, a recycling center, a greenhouse, and will serve as
a real-world lesson in green design and function. Expansive interior
spaces, characterized by clean lines and filled with natural light, host
support spaces which encourage learning and student/faculty interaction.
Student lounges and small study group pods are anchored around the
two-story central lobby. Additionally, unique features include a
striking water feature that incorporates a powerful glass etching of da
Vinci's Vitruvian Man and a Foucault's pendulum that continuously
demonstrates the rotation of the earth.
In keeping with the Vitruvian belief that architecture should be an
extension of the laws of nature, the Science Center was designed in
response to its site. Built along a hillside that features a ten-foot
elevation change in the heart of campus, both floors of the building are
accessible from grade and provide an accessible route to the lower
portion of campus. Materials used in construction complement existing
structures on campus.
Expanded facilities will also create an opportunity to hire additional
teachers and expand the science curriculum itself. In addition to AP
chemistry, biochemistry, organic chemistry, and advanced robotics,
long-term plans call for courses in nanoscience, climate science,
aquatic biology, marine biology, engineering, and biotechnology.
Additional teachers will allow the faculty more time to mentor students
interested in independent research or in participating in prestigious
science competitions nationwide. The end result will be a science
program that allows students to discover aptitudes and skills they might
otherwise have never known they possessed.
Sheet Waterproofing: Grace
Metal Roofing: UNA-Clad®
Expansion Joint Covers: MM Systems
Acoustical Ceilings: Armstrong
Metal Studs: Marino\Ware
Flooring: Lees Carpet, Armstrong, Johnsonite, Dal-Tile
Windows, Curtain Wall, Entrances & Storefronts: Kawneer
Lighting: Lithonia, Peerless, Concealite