St. Philip's School and Community Center
When the St. Philip's School required a new building to support their school and community outreach program, the construction committee reached out to th+a to create a master plan and craft the expansion. The final building provides a safe alternative recreation opportunity for children in this urban Dallas neighborhood, strengthening the school's ties to the local area and the Dallas community at large.
Working closely with the school's construction committee, th+a developed a cost-effective design which relied on a pre-engineered building frame and roof system to provide for the basic structure. The expansion houses six pre-kindergarten classrooms, three kindergarten classrooms, library, science room, music room and computer lab. A new gym, equipped with locker rooms, athletic office and gym equipment room, incorporates a cushioned wood athletic flooring system and accommodates two high school level basketball courts, eight retractable goals and telescoping bleacher seating 600. Community gatherings can be hosted in the 3,800 square foot Chapel and adjacent conference room.
Support spaces include administrative offices, public toilet rooms, as well as age-specific classroom toilet rooms and a vending area serving the gym.