Briarwood Elementary School

Briarwood Elementary School

PRAIRIE VILLAGE, KANSAS

  • Shawnee Mission School District
  • New Construction
  • 72,000 SF
  • $16.7 million

The walls come alive to inspire young learners at this new school. Whimsical landscapes and playful typography encourage students to open their minds to new possibilities.

Focusing on brain-based learning, every space at this new elementary school accommodates experiential learning. Corridors are learning spaces, with seating for large and small-group collaboration and integrated technology.

Safety was a paramount concern throughout the design and construction because this new elementary school was built next to the existing facility, which stayed open and operational throughout construction. Careful coordination between the District, our team and JE Dunn’s construction team was paramount to ensure students and faculty at the existing school stayed safe and secure.

Grain Valley High School

GRAIN VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL

GRAIN VALLEY, MISSOURI

  • Grain Valley School District
  • Addition-Phase 4
  • 33,400 SF & 17,600 SF Courtyard
  • $10.2 million

A new face for Grain Valley High School provides a prominent sense of arrival and display of school pride.

Upon arrival at Grain Valley High School, students and visitors are guided in along the impressive, curved, blue CMU wall that begins at the entry and continues throughout the interior, comprising the spine of the building and dubbed “Eagle Way”. The raised entrance increases visibility from the street while improving traffic flow for student drop-off and pick-up.

Similar to a central college campus union, the media center represents the heart of the school, branded by a large glass eagle graphic that is visible from both inside and out. Glass dividers promote connectivity to the lecture hall, makerspace and small group collaboration rooms while providing views into the expansive courtyard. Tiered seating in the courtyard provides an outdoor learning area and offers dynamic spaces for students to socialize.

Grain Valley High School is currently home to nearly 1,100 students but is master planned to accommodate up to 1,600 high school students in the rapidly growing community. While working with the district throughout a five-phase master plan, Hollis + Miller became very familiar with the goals and priorities of the district and community.

Ellen Ochoa Elementary School

Ellen Ochoa Elementary School

TULSA, OKLAHOMA

  • Union Public Schools
  • New Construction
  • 133,000 SF total
  • (Phase I: 70,000 SF, Phase 2: 14,000 SF., Phase 3: 49,000 SF)
  • $31 million

A tight-knit community centers around the new Ellen Ochoa Elementary.

This new school is deeply embedded in its surrounding neighborhoods, with the majority of the population living within a one-mile radius of the school. Spaces for community events, including open gyms, adult education and a community garden and kitchen, where parents and students can learn to grow and cook together.

The educational spaces open out into shared collaboration spaces and the central media space, blurring the lines of the traditional definition of a classroom. Classrooms incorporate a shared “Dream Space” dedicated to focused learning and small-group work.

Named after astronaut Dr. Ellen Ochoa, this elementary school is unlike any other in the district.

Walden Middle School

Walden Middle School

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI

  • Park Hill School District
  • New Construction
  • 114,500 SF
  • $34.4 million

2021 A4LE John Shaw Award Recipient

Visual connectivity and strategically designed collaborative spaces have led to an evolution of learning styles at this newly combined middle school. 

Driving up to the building, you immediately feel the sense of space and pride created by Walden Middle School. Exterior signage and artwork can be illuminated with interchangeable colors to celebrate special occasions and holidays. The space was designed and built to give students access to outside daylight, while also ensuring safety and security as well as the durability of the building. This feeling of openness and transparent connectivity has attributed to the lack of bullying, according to the principal. Lockdown features also can be activated at the push of a button, securing 75 percent of the building.

In addition, the three academic wings are flexible and include operable walls, allowing for customization and collaboration throughout. The wings are connected by the gallery-like commons, where students’ work can be showcased, as well as the media center. The green building is the first LEED V4 certified school building in the region and demonstrates how the design played a crucial role in extending the building’s life cycle while incorporating impactful and sustainable features.

Heartland Middle School

Heartland Middle School

In Association with Frankfurt, Short, Bruza

EDMOND, OKLAHOMA

  • Edmond Public Schools
  • New Construction
  • 150,000 SF
  • $27 million

Learning happens outside traditional academic neighborhoods. An outdoor classroom and an exterior courtyard encourage students to take learning outside.

Designing for middle school students presents unique challenges because these young adults are five years removed from teddy bears but five years away from driving. They’re in the process of significant developmental changes, so flexible spaces that encourage adaptable teaching methods for every type of learner are critical.

Looking for opportunities to take students outside of the traditional classroom was a priority for Edmond Public Schools’ newest middle school.

Heartland Middle School

In Association with Frankfurt, Short, Bruza

EDMOND PUBLIC SCHOOLS

  • Edmond, Oklahoma
  • New Construction
  • 150,000 sq. ft.
  • $27 million

Learning happens outside traditional academic neighborhoods. An outdoor classroom and an exterior courtyard encourage students to take learning outside.

Designing for middle school students presents unique challenges because these young adults are five years removed from teddy bears but five years away from driving. They’re in the process of significant developmental changes, so flexible spaces that encourage adaptable teaching methods for every type of learner are critical.

Looking for opportunities to take students outside of the traditional classroom was a priority for Edmond Public Schools’ newest middle school.

Academic areas are specific to every type of learner and include:

  • performance based
  • project based
  • elevated and casual/social learning

Liberty High School Performing Arts Center

LIBERTY HIGH SCHOOL Performing Arts Center

LIBERTY, MISSOURI

  • Liberty Public Schools
  • Addition
  • 43,000 SF
  • $16.5 million

The new performing arts space boasts unique elements contributing to the full performance experience, down to the technical and behind-the-scenes details.

As a district who places a strong emphasis on the importance of arts in education, Liberty Public Schools sought to improve its fine arts facilities at Liberty High School as part of the 2018 district bond passage. The addition of the new state-of-the-art Performing Arts Center brings many opportunities for students, featuring an expansive two-tiered auditorium, flexible band, orchestra and choir rooms, a scene shop, drama classroom, individual rehearsal spaces and an event entrance for performance attendees. All of the spaces were designed to be multi-use to maximize the building’s utilization.

Inspired by spaces such as the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, the nearly 800-seat addition is comparable to that of a performance space found on a college campus. Securely connected to the high school, students now have a professional setting to hone their talents. Acoustically accurate architectural details support students in achieving their full creative potential.

Millcreek Campus

Millcreek Campus
Millcreek Campus

Millcreek Campus

OLATHE, KANSAS

  • Olathe USD 233
  • Addition & Renovation
  • 98,000 SF
  • $16 million

Learners of all ages – toddler to adult – now feel at home at the renamed Millcreek Campus. This multi-generational learning environment houses several of the District’s community and alternative learning programs. With all these generations meeting in this one space, collaborative learning is taken to the next level.

The Parents as Teachers program hosts parents of young children for playgroups and child development support. Flexible learning environments and specialized spaces allow middle and high school students with special circumstances the opportunity to catch up or stay on track with their schoolwork, and adult education classroom spaces offer community members the opportunity to expand their career opportunities.

This historic campus was previously known as the John P. St. John Memorial High School, originally built in 1926. This outdated facility housed many of these educational and community programs in three separate buildings. Our design team worked with the District’s educational partners to reimagine the campus, starting with an addition that connects the buildings and allows for more collaboration and engagement. Today, the space welcomes learners of every generation– making it a learning environment like no other.

Park Hill District Support Services Center

Support Services Center

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI

  • Park Hill School District
  • New Construction
  • Service Center: 70,000 SF
  • Transportation Center: 21,400 SF
  • $23.8 million

Efficiency and sustainability were at the core of designing the new district operations and maintenance campus.

The Park Hill School District needed a new facility to house its operations and maintenance departments. Previously located in an underground cave with no windows or direct sunlight, administration aimed to provide a more desirable work environment for staff who keep district operations running smoothly on a daily basis. It also provided space for a much-needed expansion to support a steadily growing district.

Targeted to achieve LEED certification, efficiency and sustainability were at the heart of designing this new campus.  Sunlight pours in through skylights, and discarded oil from the mechanical shop can be used to heat areas of the building. The Support Services Center building is home to maintenance, warehouse, nutrition services, technology, and various office spaces providing a number of amenities under one roof and allowing for collaboration and efficiencies not possible in the former underground location. Only a few hundred feet away, yet secured separately, lies the fully equipped Transportation Center. The Transportation Center services the entire district’s bus fleet and includes a maintenance shop, wash station and space to accommodate driver training and rest areas.

The new campus boasts an all-in-one efficiency approach, allowing Park Hill staff to focus on running the district’s many facilities and operations.

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.

Blue Springs High School

BLUE SPRINGS HIGH SCHOOL

BLUE SPRINGS, MISSOURI

  • Blue Springs School District
  • Addition
  • 74,000 SF
  • $30.2 million

A strategic blend of acoustical features, architectural elements and environmental graphics emulates school pride throughout every detail of the new addition at Blue Springs High School.

Blue Springs High School wanted to enclose its existing outdoor courtyard to ensure security and update existing facilities, including a state-of-the-art band room, stadium upgrades, a new media center and third auxiliary gym. To provide a holistic campus experience for students and visitors, complementing colors, textures and materials were selected to align with the existing buildings while integrating new details for a fresh face.

One of the prioritized goals was to design a cutting-edge facility housing the school’s nationally renowned band program. The two-story space boasts various acoustical features equally as aesthetic as they are functional, reinforcing Blue Springs Wildcat pride. The band room’s exterior glass includes a printed soundwave of the school fight song, while the bricks frame the main windows in a strategic pattern mimicking the keys of a piano.

Serving as a notable landmark for students to navigate their way through the high school campus, the media center features a “Collab Lab” crafted of wooden slats and situated above the rest of the common area, similar to a treehouse. A number of breakout spaces for both individual and group study accommodate students whether they choose to read, study or socialize between classes. Environmental graphics tie the spaces together for a Wildcat experience at the heart of campus that will serve students for years to come.