Mason Elementary School

Mason Elementary School

LEE’S SUMMIT, MISSOURI

  • Lee’s Summit R7 School District
  • Renovation and Addition
  • 22,000 SF Addition, 52,000 SF Existing Renovations

The newly modernized learning environment preserves the rich history of a community while offering students innovative collaboration areas naturally integrated into the flow of the building.

Serving over almost a century of students, Mason Elementary School has expanded and adapted over the years to accommodate a growing student population. The existing building was at 110% capacity, and rather than construct an entirely new school, the design team developed a renovation and addition plan that would bring the new learning environment into the 21st century, accommodate the increased number of students and leave the legacy of the historical building intact.
The horseshoe shape of the existing building made it difficult for students to connect and inconvenient to traverse to other classrooms. The design team recognized that the new building needed to achieve a lot within a small footprint, causing them to rethink how the use of space could be reimagined for efficiency. The corridors now also serve as collaboration spaces, opening to classrooms with glass doors and providing natural connections everywhere. Bright colors, the use of wood and the integration of the existing brick give a warm and welcoming feel, emulating the family emphasis of its patrons.

Colorado Military Academy

military academy
Colorado Military Academy

Colorado Military Academy

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO

  • Phase 1: 44,000 SF
  • Total Building Size: 88,000 SF
  • Master Plan new addition: 48,000 SF
  • $3.2 million

Cadets cannot tell their collaborative environment is housed in a former office building. Perfectly positioned among the surrounding five military installations, cadets receive a one-of-a-kind STEM education focused on leadership and integrity.

Collaboration and break-out zones are integrated together throughout the school to allow teachers to expand learning outside of the traditional classroom. Learners can explore new ideas and work on projects in various group sizes. This design helps the Academy to push its vision further to encourage cadets to think globally.

The Academy currently supports grades kindergarten through eighth and will continue to grow by a grade level each year to 12th grade.

Glen Oaks Community College

Glen Oaks Community College David H. & Patricia A. Devier Student suites

CENTREVILLE, MICHIGAN

  • New Construction
  • 41,000 SF total
  • $6.5 million

Students live on campus for the first time.

Research shows that students who live on campus are more successfully academically because it is easier for them to connect to their peers and develop strong study habits. Nestled in a treed hillside, the 108-bed residence hall’s two-and four-bedroom suites have a breathtaking view of the wooded landscape. Each suite includes a full shared kitchen, bathrooms and a furnished living room.

Jackson College

Jackson College Campus View 3

JACKSON, MICHIGAN

  • New Construction
  • 71,000 SF total
  • $10 million

Every student can now have a home on campus with the addition of two new residence halls.

With community spaces and computer labs on each floor and extra-large closets to hold athletic equipment, Campus View 3 accommodates all students. Two residence halls house 200 students in two- and four-bedroom suites, creating a welcome addition to the campus’s existing residence halls.

University of St. Mary Athletics

University of St. Mary Athletics

LEAVENWORTH, KANSAS

  • University of St. Mary
  • New Construction

Athletics take center stage at University of St. Mary. With 75% of the student population being athletes, they needed a complex that could host all its athletes and fans on campus.

The complex’s inaugural homecoming celebration was the largest game day attendance in school history, with students, faculty, alumni, family and friends all coming together to celebrate the its Athletics new home.

A soccer field and synthetic turf football field are joined by a two-sided press box with hospitality area. Locker rooms, concessions and a multipurpose space are housed on the first floor of the press box.

Woodrow Wilson Academy

Woodrow Wilson Academy

WESTMINSTER, COLORADO

  • Renovation & Additions
  • 13,500 SF
  • $4.5 million

Middle school students feel like they have their own space to learn and grow separate from the elementary school students. Their new space supports expanded student collaboration and project-based learning.

Students can collaborate in the new classrooms with glass walls that provide ample daylight and open up to accommodate large and small-groups, including to the outdoors, encouraging classes to spill outside for learning and experimenting. This flexibility continues into the new dining commons, which features a variety of seating options, giving students more freedom.

Briarwood Elementary School

Briarwood Elementary School

PRAIRIE VILLAGE, KANSAS

  • Shawnee Mission School District
  • New Construction
  • 72,000 SF
  • $16.7 million

The walls come alive to inspire young learners at this new school. Whimsical landscapes and playful typography encourage students to open their minds to new possibilities.

Focusing on brain-based learning, every space at this new elementary school accommodates experiential learning. Corridors are learning spaces, with seating for large and small-group collaboration and integrated technology.

Safety was a paramount concern throughout the design and construction because this new elementary school was built next to the existing facility, which stayed open and operational throughout construction. Careful coordination between the District, our team and JE Dunn’s construction team was paramount to ensure students and faculty at the existing school stayed safe and secure.

Ellen Ochoa Elementary School

Ellen Ochoa Elementary School

TULSA, OKLAHOMA

  • Union Public Schools
  • New Construction
  • 133,000 SF total
  • (Phase I: 70,000 SF, Phase 2: 14,000 SF., Phase 3: 49,000 SF)
  • $31 million

A tight-knit community centers around the new Ellen Ochoa Elementary.

This new school is deeply embedded in its surrounding neighborhoods, with the majority of the population living within a one-mile radius of the school. Spaces for community events, including open gyms, adult education and a community garden and kitchen, where parents and students can learn to grow and cook together.

The educational spaces open out into shared collaboration spaces and the central media space, blurring the lines of the traditional definition of a classroom. Classrooms incorporate a shared “Dream Space” dedicated to focused learning and small-group work.

Named after astronaut Dr. Ellen Ochoa, this elementary school is unlike any other in the district.

Heartland Middle School

Heartland Middle School

In Association with Frankfurt, Short, Bruza

EDMOND, OKLAHOMA

  • Edmond Public Schools
  • New Construction
  • 150,000 SF
  • $27 million

Learning happens outside traditional academic neighborhoods. An outdoor classroom and an exterior courtyard encourage students to take learning outside.

Designing for middle school students presents unique challenges because these young adults are five years removed from teddy bears but five years away from driving. They’re in the process of significant developmental changes, so flexible spaces that encourage adaptable teaching methods for every type of learner are critical.

Looking for opportunities to take students outside of the traditional classroom was a priority for Edmond Public Schools’ newest middle school.

Heartland Middle School

In Association with Frankfurt, Short, Bruza

EDMOND PUBLIC SCHOOLS

  • Edmond, Oklahoma
  • New Construction
  • 150,000 sq. ft.
  • $27 million

Learning happens outside traditional academic neighborhoods. An outdoor classroom and an exterior courtyard encourage students to take learning outside.

Designing for middle school students presents unique challenges because these young adults are five years removed from teddy bears but five years away from driving. They’re in the process of significant developmental changes, so flexible spaces that encourage adaptable teaching methods for every type of learner are critical.

Looking for opportunities to take students outside of the traditional classroom was a priority for Edmond Public Schools’ newest middle school.

Academic areas are specific to every type of learner and include:

  • performance based
  • project based
  • elevated and casual/social learning

Carpenters’ Union Training Facility

Kansas City – St. Louis Carpenters’ Training Facility

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI

  • Adaptive Reuse
  • 68,000 SF
  • $5.7 million

Apprentices and instructors have the room and storage they need for all their trades to learn in this new training facility. 

Moving from an older, smaller space to an adapted former big box store gave the Carpenters Union not just the right amount but the right type of space to combine its training facility with its regional offices. Apprentices split their time between classrooms and the workshop, so every classroom is physically or visually connected to the workshop. Large graphics make the room numbers easily visible from anywhere in the facility.

This facility also serves as the regional office for the Carpenters Union of Kansas City – St. Louis. The front of the space features an administrative suite, and the facility also has the ability to open up for public events including community meetings and political rallies.