Metropolitan Community College Student Success Center

Metropolitan Community College – Penn Valley Campus Student Success Center

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI

  • Metropolitan Community College
  • Renovation
  • 15,000 SF
  • $1.4 million

Students are drawn to the Student Success Center’s second floor. It’s a bustling, highly flexible environment used daily for individual or small group study.

What was once a dark, broken-up and uninviting space is now a bright, open place where students want to be. Flexible furniture makes students feel comfortable and welcome and encourages various study styles. The new Success Center connects to the library, humanities building and campus center in a highly visible way, allowing students more collaborative learning.

Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Mathena Student Center

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI

  • Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary & Spurgeon College
  • New Construction
  • 38,000 SF
  • $14.1 million

A primarily commuter campus that once provided few amenities for its students, now has a space where they can gather, eat, study and exercise.

The result has been awe-inspiring. Students who once went directly to their vehicles to leave campus after class are now stopping by the center to grab a coffee and study with friends. Ping pong games are in progress, students are jogging on the track, and you can find children playing games. The Midwestern Baptist community now has a place to gather.

With a dining facility, bookstore and coffee shop, study space, recreation room, gym with track, Crossfit exercise room, child watch and alumni entertainment space, this student center’s design needed to be purposeful to seamlessly integrate all these unique services in a way that invited students to make themselves at home in the space.

Since its founding in 1957, it has been a major goal of the Seminary to open a student center that can serve its students outside of academic and spiritual growth. Hollis + Miller Architects worked with the school to master plan where the facility could sit on campus and how it could hold the variety of amenities they were hoping to offer.

Mathena Student Center

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI

  • Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary & Spurgeon College
  • New Construction
  • 38,000 SF
  • $14.1 million

A primarily commuter campus that once provided few amenities for its students, now has a space where they can gather, eat, study and exercise.

The result has been awe-inspiring. Students who once went directly to their vehicles to leave campus after class are now stopping by the center to grab a coffee and study with friends. Ping pong games are in progress, students are jogging on the track, and you can find children playing games. The Midwestern Baptist community now has a place to gather.

With a dining facility, bookstore and coffee shop, study space, recreation room, gym with track, Crossfit exercise room, child watch and alumni entertainment space, this student center’s design needed to be purposeful to seamlessly integrate all these unique services in a way that invited students to make themselves at home in the space.

Since its founding in 1957, it has been a major goal of the Seminary to open a student center that can serve its students outside of academic and spiritual growth. Hollis + Miller Architects worked with the school to master plan where the facility could sit on campus and how it could hold the variety of amenities they were hoping to offer.

Metropolitan Community College-Engineering Technology Center

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Metropolitan Community College – Engineering Technology Center

  • Penn Valley Campus-Engineering Technology Center
  • Renovation & Addition
  • 16,000 SF
  • $7 million

An integrated fabrication lab brings forth many opportunities for engineering majors, art majors and the surrounding community.

Metropolitan Community College is relocating the Engineering Technology program from the Business and Technology Campus to the Penn Valley Campus to increase utilization of their existing building and create synergies between the college’s graphic design diagram and the engineering technology program.

Functions such as the fabrication lab and the 3D printing lab offer regular opportunities for students to collaborate, ideate and prototype in a shared space that will now be available to the graphic design program housed in the current Carter Arts Building. The physical placement of the program on the south edge of the Penn Valley campus is seen as a means of being a visible and usable asset to the community from which they can also access tools and technical expertise provided by talented and industry-connected faculty. In addition, it will feature a double-height space for the fabrication lab with greater connectivity to the exterior environment through the use of extensive glazing and covered outdoor spaces offering students their choice of environments in which to create.

Metropolitan Community College-Advanced Technical Skills Institute

Metropolitan Community College
Advanced Technical Skills Institute

IN PROGRESS

  • Kansas City, MO.
  • Adaptive Reuse
  • $16 million
  • 101,000 SF

Metropolitan Community College made the decision to relocate their programs from the existing Business & Technology campus to a location closer to the city and community, providing better visibility and access. Goals of moving into the former publishing house building included enhanced synergies between programs, access to public transit and new amenities supporting higher learning to prepare students fro the workforce. 

Programs such as building maintenance, welding, HVAC, Industrial Technology and Computer Integrated Machining and Manufacturing allow the development of career skills and hands-on learning. The design team was tasked with adapting the current space into innovative makerspaces, classrooms, labs and more, connected by a central spine for socialization, while also developing the building itself as a learning tool. Flexibility was key, as spaces are used by both students and the community, encouraging local business partnerships and real-world opportunities for students.

Scheduled for completion January 2022

In conjunction with Cuningham Group.