The work to define a multi-purpose educational facility for a Church community shares many of the basic requirements for any school, but also includes creating a design that provides an appropriate partnership with the Church.
The St. Thomas More Center for Family Life and Education serves as a K-8 school and an activities center for the parish. Its unique shape and configuration derive from the visible vocabulary of the original worship center. The defining geometry mimics the parent structure at a smaller scale, allowing the complex to read as a single, coordinated entity. Read More
While the multistory configuration was an optimal solution, nesting the building into a hillside was a critical design decision that preserved level areas on the limited site for regulation-sized athletic fields, playground space, parking and separated parent drop-off and bus loops. It also created an easterly orientation for the building that provides each classroom with an abundance of natural light and morning solar gain during the cooler school year weather.
Each classroom is equipped with modern educational tools, including SMARTboards, projectors, and multiple computer workstations.