The stadium’s natural site is located within an existing quarry and will create a unique environment for many future student, community and athletic events.Continue reading
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.Continue reading
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.
University of St. Mary Athletics
- 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.
Rising Hill and Northview Elementary Schools
KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI
- North Kansas City School District
- New Construction
- Rising Hill: $20 million & 58,000 SF
- Northview: $21.7 million & 70,900 SF
- LEED Certified
Designed in tandem, Rising Hill and Northview Elementary Schools provide flexible, collaborative spaces that serve every type of learner.
Reinforcing a district-wide emphasis on literacy, the heart of these two schools are spacious, exposed media centers that push the envelope of a traditional library. Students have opportunities to gather on a learning stair for lessons, collaborate in smaller groups, or focus in a nook on an independent project or to enjoy their favorite book.
The academic neighborhoods set the stage for differentiated learning, accommodating every type of lesson and learner. Classrooms with garage doors are adjacent to collaborative spaces, amplifying space for group activities, breakout sessions or individualized learning. Writeable locker surfaces give students a sense of pride and ownership of their space, reinforcing an environment that is truly designed for the students.
As a forward-thinking district, the two elementary schools contain individual, single occupancy bathroom stalls that promote safety and privacy to ensure that every student feels comfortable in their environment.
Independence Uptown Market
- New Construction
- 6,700 SF
- $3.3 million
A revitalized downtown area offers a venue for farmers, citizens and small business owners to gather.
The Independence Uptown Market is the combined vision of citizens, farmers and business owners brought from idea to reality within the span of 18 months. An open-air pavilion paired with an enclosed farmers market pavilion offer a venue for local craftsmen to sell their goods. The enclosed venue offers the opportunity to host regional events that will bring commerce into the city, as well as weddings, parties and corporate events. The new building revitalizes the central area and offers a collaborative gathering space that will benefit citizens and business owners alike for years to come and fosters a sense of community.
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Originally designed from the ground up by Hollis + Miller in 2009, Staley High School recently brought the team back on to design two major additions for academics and athletics.Continue reading
Woodrow Wilson Academy
- 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.
BROOKWOOD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
- Shawnee Mission School District
- New Construction
- 76,800 SF
- $17.3 Million
The walls and floors come to life as avenues for learning and exploration.
Home to over 550 students, the Brookwood Beaver pride shines through in the building’s design. The original mascot, Oscar, is incorporated throughout the building, a nod to proud alumni of the previous Brookwood Elementary School. A mixture of colors and texture mimic those found in nature, and you’ll find a beaver den nestled under the learning stairs that provides a special place for students to socialize or study.
The built environment at Brookwood encourages learning through exploration. As students make their way through the corridors, subtle wayfinding cues and interactive environmental graphics inspire student engagement and spark inquiry. Beyond the interior walls are learning tools integrated onto the building’s façade – a central sun dial and diagram of the lunar phases.