Student Health Center & Faculty Apartments
St. Andrew's School | Middletown, DE
An underutilized building at St. Andrew’s School, a boarding school in Delaware, was renovated and expanded to accommodate a Student Health Center and faculty apartments. We worked closely with the school to understand the breadth of student health services provided on campus, which includes private counseling, routine examinations, medication storage and distribution, and observation and care of convalescing students. The school settled on one of many options explored by VMA to place an enlarged Health Center on the building’s entire first floor and upgrade the faculty housing with two renovated three-bedroom loft-style faculty apartments on the second floor.
The central entrance and waiting room in the Health Center divides the offices, nurses’ stations, dispensary and exam rooms from the overnight rooms for students and the nurse’s night duty room. Four overnight rooms have two beds and an en suite bathroom. A fifth room with a single bed is configured for full physical accessibility and is also reserved for students who require a private room.
Two small stair tower additions provide graceful approaches to the second floor apartments. These living quarters feature a large living/dining kitchen room, a master suite, a children’s bedroom and hall bath all with sloped ceilings that add character to the space. A third bedroom can also be used as a study space if not needed as an additional bedroom.
With sensitive additions to the building, we restored its original English Tudor aesthetic – much more in keeping with the campus’s Gothic and Tudor character – which had been lost over many years. Larger and well placed casement windows both reinforced the Tudor aesthetic and offered spectacular views of the school’s iconic pond.
Size: 8,500 sf
Budget: $2.8 million
Architecture, Interior Design