SFS Architecture

Academic

St. Peter’s Catholic Church and School

Kansas City, MO

Renovation of aging school and addition of new multipurpose space to accommodate academic and fellowship needs of the parish

Challenge

Expand the iconic church to create much-needed gathering space;nmodernize learning environments and improve circulation throughout the 1920s era school building;

Process

A complete assessment of the school building, its infrastructure and grounds was conducted to understand existing conditions and improvements required to modernize the building. Working with a Building Committee and key stakeholders, a program of requirements was developed for the school building and gathering space for the church. Options and associated costs were developed and evaluated for both the school renovation and multipurpose space addition. Special consideration was given to respect the architectural vocabulary of the historically significant existing buildings. A final direction for both projects was arrived at, and presentations given to the parish. Plans, renderings and other data were developed to support the Parish’s capital campaign. Following a successful campaign, architectural and interior design services were provided for both projects.

Solution

Activating the underutilized gap between the historic school and church structures is the new 2,900 SF multipurpose space. Distinct in its simple language of structural silicone glazed curtain wall, concrete columns, and timber roof structure, the addition is intended to be as transparent as possible and defer to and visually link the existing stone structures, providing gathering space for students, educators, and parishioners alike. Circulation and accessibility within the school building were improved by reconfiguring classrooms and adding an exterior stairwell; classrooms refreshed with new interior finishes; and upgrades made to the building envelope, MEP systems and life safety.

Awards & Publications

2018
MADA Gold Award - Civic
International Interior Design Association - Mid-America Chapter

Southtown Award for REnovation/Investment
Southtown Council