By Jack Smith
Catholic Key Editor
KANSAS CITY — St. Michael the Archangel High School continues to take shape. Numerous committees have been at work over the last two years shaping the mission, curriculum, spirit and finances of St. Michael’s, and now with the selection of architects, work on the literal shape of the new Catholic high school in Lee’s Summit can begin.
More than twelve firms were considered to create the design of the new school. Proposals were vetted by the Diocesan Building Commission, St. Michael’s High School Design Committee and St. Michael’s High School Steering Committee. The process whittled the list down to two firms – Hollis + Miller Architects and SFS Architecture – who will bring together their specific expertise to design a distinctly Catholic and 21st Century high school design.
Hollis + Miller Architects is the region’s most experienced high school design firm available. With offices in Lee’s Summit and Overland Park, the firm’s local high school credits include Staley High School in North Kansas City, Olathe Northwest High School, University Academy in Kansas City, and St. James Academy in Lenexa.
SFS Architecture, located in Kansas City, has worked with Catholic parishes and schools for decades. Their contribution, among other things, will bring a unique Catholic emphasis to the design of St. Michael the Archangel. Among their local credits are the renovation of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, design of the St. Lawrence Catholic Center at the University of Kansas, and furnishing of the Church of the Nativity in Leawood.
Parish and diocesan opportunities to participate in discussions with the architects about hopes and visions for St. Michael’s are being planned.