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  St. Andrew's Episcopal Day School, McRae Science CenterSt. 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

General Description

Location: Ridgeland, Mississippi
Date Bid: July 2010 Construction Period: Aug 2010 to Aug 2011
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.

Project Team

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.

Product Information
Brick: Boral
Sheet Waterproofing: Grace
Metal Roofing: UNA-Clad
® by Firestone
Expansion Joint Covers: MM Systems
Acoustical Ceilings: Armstrong
Metal Studs: Marino\Ware
Gypsum: Goldbond
Flooring: Lees Carpet, Armstrong, Johnsonite, Dal-Tile
Windows, Curtain Wall, Entrances & Storefronts: Kawneer
Elevator: ThyssenKrupp
Lighting: Lithonia, Peerless, Concealite

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