Kirkwood High School, Earl and Myrtle Walker Science Center

St. Louis, Missouri

The Earl and Myrtle Walker Science Center features 15 combined science laboratory/classrooms, including support space for dedicated preparation rooms, storerooms and administrative offices. The new facility links three independent buildings into one cohesive educational structure.

Basic planning elements such as the development of student-centered, inquiry-based ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$174.00FEATURED IN2008 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSpecialized labs, adaptable for a variety of learning environments, and the establishment of a facility that would be founded on a multifaceted science curriculum became the guiding principles of the new building. The typical 1,450-square-foot laboratory/classroom provides students with flexible space when they are in the classroom area and appropriate space to work safely when they are in the laboratory.

The Walker Science Center, designed as a two-story structure, is arranged with eight laboratory/classrooms on the upper floor, dedicated for chemistry and physics. The lower floor contains seven laboratory/classrooms dedicated for biology and physics. Each department has a centralized preparation area/workroom, and all departments share a conference area/workroom that can be converted to a project-based classroom.