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Joplin Early Childhood Center

Joplin Early Childhood Center

JOPLIN, MISSOURI

  • Joplin School District
  • New Construction
  • 37,500 SF
  • $8.7 million

After seven years in temporary classrooms, Joplin’s littlest learners finally have a home for learning and exploring. This is “Where it all Begins…”

Teachers can now collaborate together to utilize shared learning centers that are integral to their early education curriculum, rather than having to house these centers in their classrooms, which has freed up space in their rooms for more individual and group learning.

It was important for the Joplin community that their Early Childhood Center feels more like a home than a school to ease the transition for students. This space comes alive thanks to the integration of the environmental graphics. Students and visitors are immersed in a forest of trees and critters. The Learning Grove opens learners’ imaginations with construction and waterplay stations, as well as a tricycle track, blurring the lines between indoor and outdoor learning.

In May 2011, an F-5 tornado struck the city of Joplin, devastating the community. The District’s early childhood center is the last piece of Operation Rebuild.

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

  • IIDA Mid-America – Silver Award in K-12 Education
  • AIA Kansas City – Citation Award in Interior Architecture

Joplin Early Childhood Center

JOPLIN, MISSOURI

  • Joplin School District
  • New Construction
  • 37,500 SF
  • $8.7 million

After seven years in temporary classrooms, Joplin’s littlest learners finally have a home for learning and exploring. This is “Where it all Begins…”

Teachers can now collaborate together to utilize shared learning centers that are integral to their early education curriculum, rather than having to house these centers in their classrooms, which has freed up space in their rooms for more individual and group learning.

It was important for the Joplin community that their Early Childhood Center feels more like a home than a school to ease the transition for students. This space comes alive thanks to the integration of the environmental graphics. Students and visitors are immersed in a forest of trees and critters. The Learning Grove opens learners’ imaginations with construction and waterplay stations, as well as a tricycle track, blurring the lines between indoor and outdoor learning.

In May 2011, an F-5 tornado struck the city of Joplin, devastating the community. The District’s early childhood center is the last piece of Operation Rebuild.

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.

IDEA Space KC – The Barstow School

IDEA SPACE KC

IN PROGRESS

  • Adaptive Reuse
  • 63,000 SF
  • $14.5 million

Once a large grocery store, an expansive retail building will be transformed into an Early Childhood Center, as well as other various educational support spaces.

It takes vision to look at an existing retail store and picture a learning environment in its place, but that is exactly the innovative vision that The Barstow School had in mind. The Early Childhood Center entrance will be where the previous pharmacy operated, utilizing the covered pharmacy drop-off area for a dedicated secure covered entry. Flexible program spaces such as a STEAM workshop and lab, a maker space, black box theater, café and collaborative space will fill the rest of the building, serving as a resource for the Barstow community.

Due to existing site constraints, there is no room for an outdoor playground around the building. Instead, as a secure and innovative solution, there will be an outdoor courtyard placed in the middle of the building. This opens doors for controlled outdoor learning experiences and adds natural daylighting through adjacent glazed windows into classrooms. The wide indoor play area will host a sensory table and a commons collaboration area that bleeds into built-in manipulative nooks.

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Boyd Elementary School

Boyd Elementary School

SPRINGFIELD, MISSOURI

  • Springfield Public Schools
  • New Construction
  • 56,000 SF

Greeted by bright colors and a sense of place, visitors, staff and students alike can connect with the rich history of the neighborhood.

Situated in historic midtown Springfield, the new Mary S. Boyd Elementary School replaced an aged facility that had served the community for years. The need for an updated learning environment, the addition of PreK classrooms and the expansion of the school’s widely known International Baccalaureate program fueled the worldly design of the new building. Transdisciplinary connections can be found throughout the corridors, brought together at one central point in Boyd Hall. Boyd Hall serves as the “front porch” for students’ arrival each day, a melting pot of varying cultures, graphics and colors. Built to serve internationally-minded learners, Boyd Elementary is home for a diverse community and a safe haven for all.