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.

Blue Springs High School

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.

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Trailwood Elementary School

Trailwood Elementary School

OVERLAND PARK, KANSAS

  • Shawnee Mission School District
  • New Construction
  • 68,000 SF total
  • $16.9 million

Every space is an opportunity for learning. Described as a “dream school,” Trailwood focuses on hands-on, experiential learning.

Corridors that would traditionally be meant for travel are transformed into work areas with soft seating, tables and easily accessible technology. Accommodating 550 students grades pre-kindergarten through fifth grade, the Principal and community are excited about the possibilities this unique design provides.

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.

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.

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.

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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Colorado Military Academy

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Colorado Military Academy

Colorado Military Academy

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO

  • Phase 1: 44,000 SF
  • Total Building Size: 88,000 SF
  • Master Plan new addition: 48,000 SF
  • $3.2 million

Cadets cannot tell their collaborative environment is housed in a former office building. Perfectly positioned among the surrounding five military installations, cadets receive a one-of-a-kind STEM education focused on leadership and integrity.

Collaboration and break-out zones are integrated together throughout the school to allow teachers to expand learning outside of the traditional classroom. Learners can explore new ideas and work on projects in various group sizes. This design helps the Academy to push its vision further to encourage cadets to think globally.

The Academy currently supports grades kindergarten through eighth and will continue to grow by a grade level each year to 12th grade.

Van Horn High School

VAN HORN HIGH SCHOOL

INDEPENDENCE, MISSOURI

  • Independence School District
  • Addition + Remodel
  • 42,000 SF
  • $17 million

The addition posed the opportunity to create an enhanced sense of place, identity and pride for Van Horn’s students, staff and community.

Walking into the new addition, you’re welcomed by the Hall of Champions, showcasing the rich Van Horn history with team trophies, medals and plaques. A new competition gym elevates the Falcon fan and athlete experience, while also providing enhanced locker room facilities for athletes. New indoor/outdoor concessions and restrooms for indoor sporting events and soccer games are arranged with the hope to provide future infrastructure to bring varsity football games back to campus. A large mezzanine accommodates standing room spectators and dually functions as a practice space for wrestlers, cheerleaders and more.

Beyond athletics, the new addition includes a culinary arts kitchen, a metals workshop and full-service athletic training room, with accompanying classrooms to support those hands-on learning labs. These 21st century equipped spaces demonstrate the District’s commitment to the Independence Careers Academies.

Formerly disconnected from the building itself, the woodshop was brought back into the building by demolishing an existing structure and renovating a former storage space. In addition to the woodshop, six science labs were remodeled.