St. Elizabeth Early Childhood Center

St. Elizabeth Early Childhood Center

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI

  • St. Elizabeth Catholic School
  • Renovation/Addition
  • 20,000 SF
  • $4 million

DIOCESE OF KANSAS CITY-ST. JOSEPH CATHOLIC SCHOOLS

For years, the St. Elizabeth Early Childhood Center was located across a high-traffic street from the Catholic Church, calling for their youngest students to journey back and forth multiple times a day. Hollis + Miller designed a master plan for the Church, putting high priority on uniting the Early Childhood Center, K-8 school and the Catholic Church on the same side of the street. The new design does just that, providing peace of mind for staff and parents, and also allows opportunities for growth and adaptations in the future.

The renovated rectory building hosts eight new classrooms for pre-k and kindergarten students. The rectory, a residential home for members of the clergy, challenged the design team to develop innovative solutions transforming the space into a learning environment. The design incorporates research-based learning tools and showcases a touch of tradition with the existing stone walls of the rectory, as well as the connecting Church. The new early childhood center features a learning stair and sliding classroom walls for co-teaching, shared storage areas and indoor/outdoor collaboration spaces to expand fine motor skills. A large balcony serves as a flexible commons area and gathering space for students, staff and parish members.

Learnscape-Raytown Quality Schools

LEARNSCAPE 2019

  • Raytown Quality Schools
  • New Trails Early Learning Center & Three Trails Preschool

Nestled between an early childhood center as well as an elementary school, our emerging professionals had to navigate designing for a variety of ages, from 3-11 years old.

The 2019 Learnscape takes students on a “journey” of experiential learning. Designated areas of grasslands, desert, lagoon, forest and a bird’s nest prompt learning about nature and the types of animals that inhabit each climate. The design team of emerging professionals put themselves in the perspective of young learners and used their imagination to develop an outdoor learning environment where students can play and learn.
An impressive shade structure is the anchor of the Learnscape, providing protection from direct sunlight and casting unique shadows. It was constructed of cedar to ensure increased durability, and stone planters can be found at the base, providing a natural boundary for the group teaching area. Sensory tables give students an outlet to refine their fine motor skills and participate in hands-on learning. The tables can be incorporated into curriculum and teachers can demonstrate activities or can be used for free play. The “forest” was designed so students can weave in and out of the “trees.” Designed from the perspective of a young child, the poles bow inward toward the top, giving the wondrous illusion of being surrounded by treetops when they gaze at the sky.

Soaring Heights Elementary School

Soaring Heights Elementary School

JOPLIN, MISSOURI

  • Joplin School District
  • New Construction
  • 66,500 SF total
  • $13.5 million

One-of-a-kind collaborative spaces encourage impromptu idea sharing and intimate one-on-one learning.

The Learning Park, Tree House and Theatre in the Park are all flexible learning spaces unique to Soaring Heights. The flexible design emboldens educators and students to adapt their learning environment to the lesson.

This school replaces the elementary school lost on May 22, 2011, when the worst tornado disaster on record to date in the United States hit the City of Joplin.

Three Trails Preschool

Three Trails Preschool

RAYTOWN, MISSOURI

  • Raytown Quality Schools
  • Renovation
  • 32,600 SF
  • $2 million

Young learners are immersed in a bright, positive environment from the moment they enter this revamped environment. 

Each space comes alive with colorful nature scenes featuring animal friends on every wall. Students feel engaged and excited to learn in this updated learning environment. This abandoned Catholic school was given new life for its students and teachers.

Raytown Quality Schools was looking to expand its early childhood program after the overwhelming success of its first pre-kindergarten facility. Reimagining the interior of this tired school allows more preschool students the opportunity to start learning earlier, which research has shown leads to improved success throughout their academic and professional lives.

Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley

Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI

  • Penn Valley Campus Dining Center
  • Renovation
  • 6,000 SF
  • $1.2 million

A complete turnaround of a central gathering space, achieving record sales every single day of opening week.

Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley’s campus dining center was aged and underutilized by students and faculty on campus. The goal of increasing attendance and creating a more inviting feel was a priority throughout the renovation of the dining area. Input was gathered from kitchen staff, MCC administrators, and the food service provider, ensuring seamless coordination and efficiency in every aspect. New tile, light fixtures and carpet completely transformed the space, providing students a comfortable option to stay on campus between classes.

Guadalupe Centers

As a hub in the Latino communities of Kansas City, the Guadalupe Centers’ elementary and library renovations will allow the program to efficiently serve more individuals for years to come.

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Learnscape-Shawnee Mission School District

LEARNSCAPE 2018

  • Shawnee Mission School District
  • Sunflower Elementary School

An immersive outdoors experience is at Sunflower Elementary School’s students fingertips, with hands-on learning happening everywhere.

Hollis + Miller embarked on a Learnscape journey with SMSD and its students to create an outdoor classroom supporting the students’ desires and the district’s sustainability goals. As part of the process, the students identified their highest priorities for the district, which included incorporating school gardens and natural areas.
The completed space encourages students to discover the natural environment by interacting with the area in different ways. Students can study water conservation benefits by utilizing the on-site cistern as they tend to planter boxes created for each grade level to learn about lifecycles and ecology. A solar panel on the roof of a large, covered deck gives students an up-close connection to alternative energy sources. Even the area’s signage doubles as a musical instrument, teaching students about the physics of sound.

St. Michael the Archangel Catholic High School

St. Michael the Archangel Catholic High School

LEE’S SUMMIT, MISSOURI

  • Diocese of Kansas City – St. Joseph
  • New Construction
  • 90,000 SF
  • $25 million
  • Religious Design Partner: SFS Architecture

Traditional values meet innovative learning where students get a well-rounded education in a space that marries religious teachings with brain-based learning.

This new Kansas City Diocese school combines the former St. Mary’s and Archbishop O’Hara high schools into one cohesive learning environment. A large atrium connects the chapel and academic spaces with a two-story learning stair, which encourages collaboration and community. The classrooms’ traditional style is complemented by flexible furniture that allow the spaces to adapt to each day’s teaching schedule.

Southeast Missouri State University Greek Village

Southeast Missouri State University Greek Village

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MISSOURI

  • Southeast Missouri State University
  • New Construction
  • 28,000 SF total
  • $9.2 million

Fraternities have a dedicated home that reflects their unique identities while still encouraging inter-fraternal events in the new Greek Village.

This cul-de-sac becomes activated with energy as the Greek community hosts barbecues and events. Students from all over campus are drawn to this new space. While all four homes are the same size and similar layout, each one is tailored to each fraternity’s unique culture and traditions. They feature traditional, ornate spaces that represent the tradition and history of their organizations.

Greek housing is a part of campus housing on SEMO’s campus, but the fraternities and sororities were housed in aging facilities. This is the first phase of relocating the Greek community to updated homes.