Learnscape 2019


Our 2019 Learnscape was first of its kind in several ways. Nestled between an early childhood center as well as an elementary school, our emerging professionals had to navigate designing for a range of ages, from 3-11 years old. A variety of materials and the combination of ideas led to an outdoor learning environment that hosts a water feature, teaching area and sensory tables for fine motor development. On a pleasant day, you can see the students grouped around the water feature and leading each other through the “trees”, or rather, the green poles. Imagination blossoms in this outdoor environment, inspiring children to dream big and explore. As a team, our emerging professionals accomplished an outstanding space for the Raytown School District, designed with both durability and accessibility in mind.

This project will impact so many little people in learning about plants, environments, weather and more. It will be a fantastic resource for the Raytown School District!

-Kim Bielawski, Ed. S. Assistant Superintendent

The most rewarding aspect of Learnscape was being able to attend build days to see our design come to life. As my first built project, understanding that perception from the computer is so different than when the design is actually built was a very rewarding experience.

-Marilina Bedros, Emerging Professional at Hollis + Miller Architects


Designing such a special space for New Trails Early Childhood would not have been possible without the generous donations from our community partners. Sturgis Materials, EcoTurf Surfacing, Direct Embed Coating Systems, SYNLawn, Kid Ruhls, Lowe’s, MKEC, Kansas City Brick Company, Yankee Hill Brick, Albert Tamm Lumber, Missouri Organic Recycling and Square 1 all helped bring this project to life.

Each donor played a major part in the wonderful finished Learnscape!

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