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LIBERTY HIGH SCHOOL Performing Arts Center
- Liberty Public Schools
- 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.
Walden Middle School
KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI
- Park Hill School District
- New Construction
- 114,500 SF
- $34.4 million
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.
STL 505 Student Housing
- New Construction
- 280,000 SF
- $50 million
Providing contemporary, comfortable residence for students and young professionals, the STL 505 housing complex will span over almost an entire city block.
Located in the core of downtown Springfield and right off historic Route 66, this brand-new housing complex serves students and young professionals in an urban setting. The five-story, 500+ bed building is a short walk to Missouri State University’s campus and conveniently located along the university’s transit line. On-site amenities include underground parking, a coffee house, recreation spaces, fitness center, study rooms and private courtyards complete with grills and outdoor seating. Flexible gathering areas are designed for socialization or individual escapes, and an enclosed pet area is available for the pet-friendly residents. This contemporary complex is a desirable residence in a revitalized downtown area.
Independence Uptown Market
- New Construction
- 6,700 SF
- $3.3 million
A revitalized downtown area offers a venue for farmers, citizens and small business owners to gather.
The Independence Uptown Market is the combined vision of citizens, farmers and business owners brought from idea to reality within the span of 18 months. An open-air pavilion paired with an enclosed farmers market pavilion offer a venue for local craftsmen to sell their goods. The enclosed venue offers the opportunity to host regional events that will bring commerce into the city, as well as weddings, parties and corporate events. The new building revitalizes the central area and offers a collaborative gathering space that will benefit citizens and business owners alike for years to come and fosters a sense of community.
Metropolitan Community College – Engineering Technology Center
- Penn Valley Campus-Engineering Technology Center
- Renovation & Addition
- 16,000 SF
- $7 million
An integrated fabrication lab brings forth many opportunities for engineering majors, art majors and the surrounding community.
Metropolitan Community College is relocating the Engineering Technology program from the Business and Technology Campus to the Penn Valley Campus to increase utilization of their existing building and create synergies between the college’s graphic design diagram and the engineering technology program.
Functions such as the fabrication lab and the 3D printing lab offer regular opportunities for students to collaborate, ideate and prototype in a shared space that will now be available to the graphic design program housed in the current Carter Arts Building. The physical placement of the program on the south edge of the Penn Valley campus is seen as a means of being a visible and usable asset to the community from which they can also access tools and technical expertise provided by talented and industry-connected faculty. In addition, it will feature a double-height space for the fabrication lab with greater connectivity to the exterior environment through the use of extensive glazing and covered outdoor spaces offering students their choice of environments in which to create.
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.
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.