Davidson Elementary School

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI

  • North Kansas City School District
  • New Construction
  • 71,000 SF
  • $21.9 million

Flexible corridors, collaboration spaces and tactile walls encourage students to take learning outside of the classroom.

Developed from an existing building prototype and designed in tandem with Maplewood Elementary School, Davidson’s entrance welcomes students and visitors with brightly colored fins proudly revealing the school name. The prototypes were adapted to have parity but each showcase unique features representing the students who call it home. The community was heavily involved in the programming of the school, as it serves a number of after-hours functions for both students and the community. A welcoming and bright corridor greets visitors with resonating colors and an abundance of daylight. Additionally, the colorful fins creating the Davidson name sign at the entry carry through to the commons, featuring the names of influential figures throughout history, chosen by the district and community to represent strength, courage and inspiration.
These figures make an impact via bold graphics in each classroom neighborhood and provide students not only an additional learning experience through informational panels, but a strong figure to look up to. SPED students are supported by autism rooms, resource rooms, OT and PT spaces and sensory walls with tactile patterns. A large playground and outdoor classroom provide a connection to nature and the surrounding community.

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