S. M. Wilson & Co. has completed construction of an $8.9 million performance gymnasium and student commons at St. Louis’ Cor Jesu Academy that allows the school to add new course offerings and learning programs while also growing its sports programs.
The 40,000-square-foot, three-level addition is the second part of the Catholic, private, all-girl high school’s long-range campus enhancement plan that also included site improvements and increased on-campus parking.
The building addition includes a new performance gymnasium on the first level with one full court and state-of-the-art features conducive to basketball and volleyball competition, along with permanent bleachers and expanded weight and workout rooms. The second floor offers a new dance studio/multipurpose room, student commons and athletic offices. Four new innovative classrooms designed to foster leadership development and provide collaborative, cross-curriculum learning environments are located on the third floor.
S. M. Wilson & Co. provided construction management services for the project, and Hastings + Chivetta was the project architect. Both firms engaged Cor Jesu students and faculty in STEM-related learning experiences as part of the building project throughout the 2016-17 academic year.