STEM Middle Academy, Springfield


CBI provided fast track design services associated with modifications to the existing Meline Kasparian Professional Development Center to accommodate the new STEM Middle Academy, a new Magnet School for the City of Springfield.


During the first phase of work in 2009, portions of the building’s first and second floors remained occupied by the Meline Kasparian Professional Development Center while other portions were converted into the new STEM Middle Academy.  The work included minor interior modifications and exterior improvements and a code review which identified non-compliant stairs which were also deemed hazardous by the building officials.

The second phase of work included an addition/renovation project to build new code-compliant stairwells and a 50% renovation of the building’s interior to accommodate the STEM Middle Academy program.  The 300 student/40 staff school now houses a cafetorium, warming kitchen, staff toilets and additional classrooms and office spaces.  CBI was able to accommodate the increased space needs without a large addition, and in keeping with the budget, by making better use of the existing spaces and reconfiguring many rooms.  The project included a sleek curtain wall addition for the expanded administrative suite, Main Entry vestibule and stairwell.

Both phases occurred at the very last minute and a rigorous schedule and considerable effort was employed by CBI to bring the space into compliance in time for the school year to begin.