SEM Architects in Association with Founding Partner Ned B. Eller AIA Designed and created Construction Documents for the two story Addition of Saint Francis De Sales School.
Oakcrest School Inspired by the teachings of the Catholic Church and the spirituality of Opus Dei. SEM Architects worked as the Criteria/Design Architect for a 135,000 sf Comprehensive Master Plan, Floor Plans, and Zoning approvals for relocating Oakcrest School to a 23-acre site in Vienna, Virginia. When fully realized, the site will accommodate approximately 450 Lower School and Upper School students, and features a Chapel in the heart of the courtyard.
The Cassingham complex is a 100,000 sf K-12 facility that was a collection of many worn and out-dated additions built over its 60-year history. It had become too small for the growth of the district and lacked a central identity. SEM added academic and art wings, renovated two major theaters, and updated the mechanical/electrical systems. The design then added a new dining area and main entry facade which helps to visually simplify the complex with a new identity.
Contemporary forms create an exciting atmosphere to encourage participation and learning in this new 75,000 sf middle school. Bold shapes and generous use of glass were used throughout the building which replaces its outdated predecessor. The creative layout in the tight urban site provides a functional separation of arts, athletics, and three floors of academic spaces. Each has separate entrances for enhanced building zoning and security.
When suitable sites for the construction of two new elementary schools could not be found, both schools were combined under one roof. The design creates a center core area which includes a shared events entrance, cafetorium and food preparation area. The two schools are then separated into wings for K-2 and 3-5. Each wing is provided with administrative spaces, media centers, gymnasium and secondary entrance. The building is 108,000 sf and serves over 900 students.
This project involved the design of a prototype 50,000 sf elementary school to serve 385 students. The prototype was used to construct two schools within the district. The design includes a 3,500 sf gymnasium and 3,800 sf cafeteria which can be combined into a single space with an operable partition for flexibility of use. Site development included drives, parking, bus loading, play areas, and landscaping.
The new Fairfield Local School facility allows all of the district's schools to be consolidated to one campus. The design reinforces the individual identities of the three schools despite being unified to one facility. The athletic, food service, and performing arts areas are centrally accessible by every grade level.