The Concordia Lutheran Church was one of five churches that founded the Christ Community Lutheran School in 1973, a community landmark, to provide its students with the resources, inspiration and guidance to fulfill their academic journey. To accommodate the school’s growing student population, the multicampus organization partnered with The Korte Company to expand the Kirkwood location.
The Korte Company worked closely with the church leadership, architects and staff to deliver the 35,762-square-foot Design-Build addition on time, on schedule and within a compact site. The school and the church remained occupied and fully operational during the entire renovation project; subsequently, construction schedules were carefully planned, coordinated and monitored to minimize any disruptions to students, faculty, staff, parents and church members.
The three-story Christian Education Center was designed to facilitate the church’s mission with continuity to the worship center and gymnasium. It allows for additional meeting spaces, Bible study and focus groups beyond a typical school environment.
The comprehensive design maximized the versatility of classroom and meeting spaces and included new classrooms, kitchen, science/laboratory spaces as well as a cafeteria, art workshop and kiln room. A new elevator was installed to improve access to the existing building’s multiple floors. The project provided a defined, secure, and inviting entryway for the existing facility and addition, as well as a new school administrative space and an integrated security camera system.
Site work included the design and installation of a complex stormwater system and incorporated extensive modifications to the existing systems. Additional parking, outdoor recreational space and a playground were included in the scope of work. Utilities, including electricity, were relocated to service the new and existing facilities.