COMMUNITY SCHOOL OPENS NEW $4 MILLION CENTENNIAL ARTS CENTER

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Community School in Ladue has opened its new $4 million Centennial Arts Center. The 19,300 square foot facility has an auditorium with seating for 500 as well as classrooms to support the school’s Integrated Arts Education program. Drama, art, music, band, a multi-purpose room and small break-out rooms provide ample space for faculty and students to learn and create. A state-of-the-art lighting and sound system complement the performance space, which has already hosted two major theatrical productions.

Parents, alumni, faculty and friends gathered recently for a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony and first look at the new wing. Head of School Matthew Gould, Board President John Stroup and Centennial Campaign Chair Mark Schnuck cut the ceremonial blue ribbon.

“This amazing new space enables us to truly highlight our magnificent performing arts, fine arts, and public speaking programs, as well as special events, weekly assemblies and daily group activities,” said Gould.

Construction began in June 2013 and was completed in April, running throughout the school’s yearlong 100th anniversary celebration. S. M. Wilson & Co. was the project’s general contractor and Forum Studio was the architect.

Community School is an independent elementary school in Ladue serving age 3 through 6th grade. 350 students enjoy small class sizes with a 7:1 student/teacher ratio which ensures individual attention and a challenging curriculum. For more information, visit www.communityschool.com.

S.M. Wilson is a full-service construction management, design/build and general contracting firm with headquarters in St. Louis and Rollins Construction Company, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of S. M. Wilson, in Indianapolis.  S. M. Wilson is one of the largest general construction and construction management firms in the St. Louis area.  The company posted $307 million in 2012 revenues, and ranks 232nd in Engineering News-Record’s 2013 list of Top 400 commercial contractors nationwide. For more information visit www.smwilson.com.