WESTMINSTER SCHOOL MASTER PLAN
Westminster Classical Christian School is a K-12 school affiliated with Oak Mountain Presbyterian Church, first founded in 1999. The site of the school campus is near to the Church they minister. The first building of the campus was completed in 2014: a classroom building with a central atrium at its heart - a gathering place for all those in the School to come together in fellowship. Following the completion of the first phase of the Westminster Campus, the School sought to explore and codify their vision for the future with a Master Plan Document. The purpose of this document is threefold: to define current and future anticipated needs and goals of the School, to program of needed components for growth, to set thoughtful priorities and schedule for the next 5 - 20 years.
Meetings were held with key constituents and stakeholders to define the the highest needs, priorities, and goals for the School. These discussions were to understand the school’s wants and needs for expansion from multiple perspectives while keeping true to the value of the school. This highly participatory process also sought to develop a deeper understanding of the School’s perception by its members, users, and staff.
The individual parts of the master plan phasing strategy are components which can be built as stand-alone items. The three building components are the classroom building, the gymnasium, and the arts building. The arts building can then be further phased with the black box theater and performance hall being constructed after the classroom spaces. Two landscape components are also included - the soccer field with running track and the quad with amphitheater.
The meetings held by the architectural team and the School stakeholders led to an understanding of needs and priorities for phasing of the campus development. It was recognized that the most immediate need is for 2 to 4 additional classrooms in the next two years to accept incoming students. The next highest priority is for the gymnasium and the sports field / running track.
A Master Plan book was created for the school's future use, to serve as a long-term guide for the School which outlines space programming, conceptual design solutions, and probable cost for components.