Fr. Tolton Catholic High School

Project Description

Location:
Columbia, Missouri

Project Type:
Catholic High School, Education

Size:
84,000 sq. ft.

Construction Cost:
$16 million

Completed:
Phase 1 – 2011

Facility URL:
Fr. Tolton Catholic High School

Facility Highlights:

  • Chapel
  • 6 General classrooms for the study of English, Foreign Language, Health, History, Math, Religion
  • 1 Science lab/classroom
  • 1 Art lab with office and storage
  • 1 Media Center/library
  • 1 Virtual classroom
  • 1 Business/computer labs
  • 1 Band/Vocal music room with practice rooms in music classroom and Band Director and Vocal music teacher offices
  • 1 Outdoor classroom
  • Commons Area – Performing Arts Black Box Theatre
  • Cafeteria/Kitchen
  • 1 Gymnasium -1000-1200 seating capacity capable holding practice courts with Coaches’ offices and P.E. teachers’ offices
  • 2 locker rooms
  • Weight room
  • Administrative office suite with conference room for 8-10 people
  • Parking lot for students and faculty with secure entry
  • Counseling offices
  • Outdoor activities complex to include facilities for Football/Soccer/Track/Baseball/Softball and an outdoor storage facility and concession stand.
  • The Fr. Tolton Catholic High School celebrated its grand opening in November of 2011.
  • The entry to the school opens up into a commons area adjacent to the Chapel.
  • The Administrative suite includes a conference room that can accommodate 8-10 people.
  • Library at Fr. Tolton Catholic High School.
  • A divider screen can be lowered from the ceiling allowing separate events to take place in the gymnasium simultaneously.
  • Classrooms are equipped with durable seating, and overhead video equipment.
  • The concessions area is located outside the schools gymnasium.
  • The schools chapel is located adjacent to the commons area.

With aspirations to increase the private school options in the region, the Diocese of Jefferson City hired PWA (with M+H Architects) to develop a master plan and designs for a new Regional Catholic High School in Columbia, Missouri. Working closely with the Planning Committee to address goals for the academic curriculum and athletic programs, the team developed plans and renderings that were used to raise funds for the estimated $16 million project.

A third-floor shell added to the building design will allow for future expansion and add the capability for two additional labs and seven additional general classrooms. With an average class size of 20 students, the finishing of this third-floor shell will allow the new school to accommodate a student population of approximately 440 students.

The proposed plan for the building has two phases with Phase One, including the building, parking, and land development is complete. The second phase will add the third level to the building, athletic facilities, and additional parking spaces.

Project Details:

  • The entry to the school opens up into a commons area adjacent to the Chapel.
  • The Administrative suite includes a conference room that can accommodate 8-10 people.
  • The library on the second floor includes comfortable lounge chairs in the reading corner.
  • A divider screen can be lowered from the ceiling allowing separate events to take place in the gymnasium simultaneously.
  • Classrooms are equipped with durable seating and overhead video equipment.