Cassell Park Elementary School

CASSELL PARK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

INDEPENDENCE, MISSOURI

  • Independence School District
  • New Construction
  • 69,000 SF
  • $20 Million

Complete project integration, from architectural design to brand development. 

The Independence School District needed a new elementary school to prevent overcrowding and eliminate all mobile trailers used in the district. Named after a community landmark and prestigious community figure, students and staff now have a permanent place to call home at Cassell Park Elementary.

Now Home of the Knights, students and teachers take pride in their newly branded identity, which is displayed throughout the school through prominent graphics. Just like a knight, the school represents a safe, protective space while exploring a more collaborative, flexible approach to learning.

Cassell Park is the first elementary in the district to pilot Project Lead the Way into its curriculum. A makerspace is seamlessly integrated into the media center with a retractable door, making hands-on learning visible for all to see.

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.

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.

Olathe West High School

Olathe West High School

OLATHE, KANSAS

  • Olathe USD 233
  • New Construction
  • 375,000 SF
  • $85 million
  • Design Partner: Stantec Architecture

Learning is on display at this one-of-a-kind high school.

From the moment students walk in the door, they’re greeted with the media center and the 21st Century Learning program labs. Student socialization and collaboration are encouraged with two learning stairs connecting academic neighborhoods.

Academic neighborhoods house a variety of spaces from flexible labs to blended learning environments, giving the school a more collegiate feel. No teacher owns their classroom, but rather chooses the environment that will work best for that day’s lesson.

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

  • AIA Kansas – Citation Award in Large Architecture
  • A4LE Midwest Great Lakes – John Shaw Award

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.

Liberty North High School

Liberty North High School Additions

LIBERTY, MISSOURI

  • Liberty Public Schools
  • Additions
  • 42,000 SF total
  • $9 million

This addition embraces a new way of learning for the District. Flexible learning spaces create a culture of collaboration that is unlike any other part of the building.

The existing high school is a traditional learning environment with conventional classrooms that branch off central corridors. With the two-story addition, the District wanted to do more with less – more opportunities for learning in the smaller addition. So, every space is a space for learning. Corridors include furniture that can be used for break-out groups or one-on-one instruction, and classrooms are highly flexible to encourage a variety of teaching styles.

St. James Academy

ST. JAMES ACADEMY

LENEXA, KANSAS

  • Archdiocese of Kansas City-Kansas
  • New Construction
  • 108,000 SF

Located in a growing suburb within the greater Kansas City area, this facility integrates and adapts to changes in education, spirituality and technology.

The Chapel serves as the Heart of the Campus. This statement not only led to the present location of the Chapel, but also a concept of allowing students to be in the Presence of Christ as they experienced the building through visual connections to the Tabernacle. The Chapel is also flexible enough to not only accommodate 200 students, but the entire 800-student population, and still maintain a contiguous space so that they felt like they were apart of the Mass. We accomplished this by combining the allocated space for dining, gathering, and the Chapel into one large common centralized space detailed with similar materials and volume.

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