The new construction of the Sprauve PK-12 campus, combines a light building footprint, resiliency, and innovative building systems to create a flexible and forward-thinking learning environment for the students, faculty, and St. John community. Working with the site’s steep topography, DLR Group designed the buildings to grow from the earth (Grotto) to the sky (Altana) with various opportunities for discovery along the journey.
Total Square Feet: 110,000
Number of Students: 460
The base of the campus and each individual building root themselves in the earth by means of heavier materiality. Diffused natural daylight washes over these areas to enhance one’s connection to the ground. As one ascends to the learning suites, the building materiality and spaces become softer and lighter, with larger openings and ample outdoor learning spaces perched within the site’s tree canopy.
Located on national park land, the site supports unique learning opportunities that connect students to the prolific biodiversity common to St. John. Materiality throughout the campus further evokes the natural landscape it is a part of. With a main palette of concrete and composite panel, the deep colors of the exterior blend the buildings into the surrounding forest, with pops of colored graphics inspired by the local flora and fauna.