Colorado SKIES Academy

COLORADO SKIES ACADEMY

  • Centennial, Colorado
  • New Construction
  • 23,000 SF
  • $7 million

The STEM curriculum and project-based learning introduces young students to aviation early on.

Colorado Skies Academy is a new Charter School for grades 6–8, located at the Centennial Airport in Centennial, CO. The two-story, 23,000-square-foot facility is also affiliated with the adjacent Wings Over the Rockies Aviation Museum housing over 50 vintage military aircraft.

The project-based learning/STEM curriculum is flight-based, teaching students many different facets of aviation, and is supplemented by a focus on social-emotional development. The learning environment itself supports each of these endeavors. The Exploratorium allows students to collaborate in groups or complete individual work in a setting inspiring out-of-the-box thinking, while active corridors offer a choice in learning spaces. The unique shape of the Exploratorium resembles a rocket booster, and vibrant graphics project the aviation and aerospace theme throughout. The Spread Your Wings program flies in teachers from Colorado’s front range for exposure to the program as professional development and in turn, introduces students to experts in the industry.

Mason Elementary School

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.

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.

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.

Staley High School

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.

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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.