Girl Scouts Berges Center
Maryland Heights, MO
2017 American School and University Outstanding Design: Community Use, 2017 IDEA Award Winner K-12
To create a space where rural, suburban, and urban girls of all ages and skill levels can engage with industries currently low in female participation, Oculus, Inc. turned to the programmatic focus areas of the new Berges Family Girl Scouts Program Center for inspiration.
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), Health, and Money Management become physical pillars for young women through a science lab, a robotics lab, an open learning kitchen, and group/teaming spaces for working on projects and troop meetings. Vibrant pops of color, a seating kiva, suspended lighting, acoustical ceiling “clouds”, and a glass feature wall provide a backdrop while girls interact, take on leadership roles, and participate in premier activities and events.
One of the biggest challenges with this project was creating a space that achieved our client’s important goals on a very minimal budget. By utilizing existing partitions and doors, negotiating discount pricing on finishes and fixtures, maximizing design impact with paint, working closely with general contractor for value engineering concepts, and discussing possibilities of shared restroom counts with code officials, we were able to innovate an elegant solution that also kept the client’s vision within budget.