Fifty years in business is an impeccable feat for any company or organization. For Althoff Catholic High School in Belleville, reaching this milestone anniversary in 2014 wasn’t just a time for celebration, but also a pivotal point for igniting a campaign for an even brighter future for the years to come.
Upon opening its doors in 1964, Althoff High School offered the latest in educational courses and modern equipment to its thousand-plus students. It had a long held reputation for being the “crème de la crème” of secondary private education in the area.
Today, Althoff Catholic High School remains a strong and vibrant part of the Belleville community, but it recognizes the need to make some adjustments to its outdated campus in order to remain competitive and sustain enrollment going forward.
As a 1966 graduate of Althoff, Bill Reichert has always been an advocate for the school. He was most pleased when the opportunity presented for EWR Architects to serve as the primary design consultant for a $2.4 million renovation and construction project for the school that will add a state-of-the-art STREAM (science, technology, religion, engineering, arts, and math) lab and new athletic complex. Once completed, EWR Architect’s designs will come to life and bring soccer, football, and track together on the same campus for the first time in the school’s history.
STREAM Lab Walk-Through Video:
Athletic Complex Walk-Through Video:
Dave Harris, principal of Althoff Catholic High School, said, “It has been wonderful to see the outpouring of support for this project from our Althoff Catholic community and the community at large. We are excited to strengthen our school through these capital improvements as well as other exciting additions including a new virtue-based program and the continued expansion of our academic offerings.”
A groundbreaking for the new lab and athletic complex has been scheduled for July 12, 2017. Althoff Catholic continues to raise funds in support of this project.
Thirty-three years ago I opened EWR with a desire to build a more client-responsive architectural firm. I set forth with what I believed to be a simple, yet effective business model: to be more personally responsive to clients’ specific needs, rather than just project driven. After three decades in business, it’s safe to say that model has worked for us, and it still remains the fundamental basis for all we do today.
Our approach to personal service hasn’t wavered, but many other things have changed throughout the years, including our name. You may have noticed last year we changed from EWR Associates to EWR Architects in an effort to more accurately reflect who we are and the services we provide. Along with the name change, we also updated our website, www.ewrarchitects.com, with a fresh, new look and better information about our people, projects, and services. We encourage you to check it out.
As to be expected, change also has come in the form of new clients and new projects. Our intention with this newsletter is to periodically share news and information about the exciting projects we’re involved with, such as the one featured in this newsletter about Althoff Catholic High School in Belleville. The school is making some really big changes that are worth reading about. I’m personally thrilled to be working on this project for my alma mater!
Thanks for taking a minute to keep up with us, and as always, for your business, friendship, and support!
In December of 2015, EWR Associates, Inc., officially changed its name to EWR Architects, Inc. The firm began in May 1984 as E. William Reichert, Architect and incorporated in 1986 as EWR Associates, Inc. as additional architects were added to the company. Over the past 32 years, EWR has developed a strong reputation in the design and construction industry and been selected as the architects for nearly two thousand projects. While having a diverse history of many project types, the firm has focused on several specific markets including recreation, healthcare, education, civic, military and commercial development. With over thirty design awards to its credit in the past 15 years, the firm has also established itself as a practical, leading design firm in the Southern Illinois and the eastern Missouri markets.
The name change to incorporate “Architects” better defines the primary role and interest of the firm’s staff. However, the firm continues to provide master planning and interiors as services to its clients, with staff capabilities in both. Much of the success of EWR is credited to its belief in and empowerment of its staff. While there have been changes in faces, a significant core group has remained with EWR for 20 or more years, working together and creating a synergy that has benefitted our clients by the seamless coordination and the nurturing of the staff’s individual talents.
EWR Architects plans to continue to grow, not just in size but in ability, and to remain our clients’ ‘first choice’ for capital project design, and become the first choice for new clients as well.
“Our clients need to recognize that we are a great resource to them early on in their development planning, and engage us to assist with many of their due-diligence tasks before launching a project where a sizable investment is concerned,” EWR principal architect, Bill Reichert stated. “Many times we can bring our experience to the table, without exhaustive expense, and save big dollars later in appropriate planning. Sometimes that could cost our clients nothing at all, for some fact based advice.”