Steward Family Aquatic Center, Ron Holtman Stadium and Holekamp Track and Field Stadium
Project of Distinction 2017 Education Design Showcase
Facility Use: High School
Project Type: New Construction
Category: Sports/Athletic Facilities/Fittness
Location: St. Louis, MO
District/Inst.: MICDS- Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School
Chief Administrator: Becky Young, CFO
Completion Date: May 2017
Gross Area: 73,849 sq. ft.
Site Size: 95.5 acres
Current Enrollment: 1,240 students
Capacity (Aquatic Center / Stadium / Track): 1,402 / 1,426 / 464 students
Cost per Student: $7,520
Cost per Sq. Ft. (Aquatic Center / Stadium / Track): $399 / $286 / $238
Total Cost: $24,756,642
Hastings+Chivetta recently designed three new projects for MICDS—Mary Institute and Saint Louis Country Day School, a private K-12 college preparatory school in suburban St. Louis.
The Steward Family Aquatic Center honors the architectural context of the adjacent McDonnell Gymnasium and creates a welcoming, flexible experience for users. The Hall of Fame space creates a formal entry experience, guiding spectators down the wood-paneled hall to the pool. The new natatorium welcomes visitors with its open and light-filled space.
The Ron Holtman Stadium, a multi-purpose stadium that accommodates 1,000 fans, rivals any small college stadium. A large pavilion offers concessions and elevated spectator patio. The turf field means decreased downtime and maintenance requirements compared to the old grass field. Built into a hillside, the facility takes advantage of the slope for the grandstands. The configuration allows students and spectators to enter the stands from behind, and the team rooms are at the field level keeping spectators and participants separate.
The Holekamp Track and Field Stadium accommodates 400 fans and includes a press box and synthetic high jump area in the end zone. Designers raised the first row of seats to four feet above the field to allow spectators better visibility.
Nice open and light-filled space. Moveable bulkhead which allows for multiple groups to use the pool. A moveable floor bottom permits changes in the depth of the pool in certain areas to accommodate different kinds of programs.
JASON EDWARDS, RA, LEED-AP