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March 26, 2019

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ECC and Bond Architects Win Honor from National School Design Group

A school design agency has named the Maplewood Richmond Heights Early Childhood Center (ECC) as among the best of the best in the nation.

The award comes from schooldesigns.com, which many architectural firms use as an on-line resource to view the latest in school and university design.

MRH partnered with Bond Architects Inc. for the ECC expansion, which was completed in August, 2017. Bond's Sue Pruchnicki presented the award to MRH Buildings & Grounds director Amber Silver on Monday.

Serving a growing student population, the Early Childhood Center addition and renovation provided a much-needed increase in space for teachers and students alike. The addition included three new preschool classrooms along with a multipurpose room. The renovation of the existing building converted 17 classrooms into 21 classrooms and six one-on-one study rooms. Each classroom contains built-in casework and a sink.

Administrative offices were relocated directly adjacent to the main entrance for improved safety and easier access by parents and students. 

With the Reggio Emilia Approach at the forefront of the school’s curriculum, the design facilitates self-guided discovery and exploration by enhancing the environment to act as a third teacher. One example of this approach includes the new porch that adjoins the addition’s preschool classrooms. Its ability to transition into a stage area serves as a backdrop to group activities and self-expression.

For more information, contact MRH School District at (314) 644-4400.