Evangelical Christian School approached Fleming Architects in the fall of 2008 with an unexpected opportunity. A local developer had asked the school to be an anchor piece of a new, major development in western Fayette County. The proposed campus would finally allow the school to offer a complete K-12 education at a single site as well as support and develop the school’s top-notch athletic programs. Surrounded by encroaching residential developments, the current Middle and Upper school campus has no way to expand its site, and the land has been built out multiple times to accommodate the academic and athletic needs of the expanding student body. Fleming helped ECS envision what their new campus could be, analyzing student counts and forecasts, evaluating pedagogical models, interviewing faculty and staff, leading tours of regional and national independent schools, and assimilating this information into a coherent program of spaces and buildings. The program, totaling nearly half a million square feet of classrooms, athletic facilities, cafeterias, performing arts, and support buildings, formed the basis for a twenty-year phased master plan which Fleming Architects presented to the ECS board in January 2009, which was met with unanimous approval.
Three key attributes come to mind when I reflect upon our seven year relationship with Fleming Architects: listen, care, and deliver. These attributes have been evident in every project ranging from master planning to new construction to renovations. Each project has met our goals of functionality, aesthetics, and financial stewardship.