Ellen Ochoa Elementary School

Ellen Ochoa Elementary School

TULSA, OKLAHOMA

  • Union Public Schools
  • New Construction
  • 133,000 SF total
  • (Phase I: 70,000 SF, Phase 2: 14,000 SF., Phase 3: 49,000 SF)
  • $31 million

A tight-knit community centers around the new Ellen Ochoa Elementary.

This new school is deeply embedded in its surrounding neighborhoods, with the majority of the population living within a one-mile radius of the school. Spaces for community events, including open gyms, adult education and a community garden and kitchen, where parents and students can learn to grow and cook together.

The educational spaces open out into shared collaboration spaces and the central media space, blurring the lines of the traditional definition of a classroom. Classrooms incorporate a shared “Dream Space” dedicated to focused learning and small-group work.

Named after astronaut Dr. Ellen Ochoa, this elementary school is unlike any other in the district.

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.

Heartland Middle School

Heartland Middle School

In Association with Frankfurt, Short, Bruza

EDMOND, OKLAHOMA

  • Edmond Public Schools
  • New Construction
  • 150,000 SF
  • $27 million

Learning happens outside traditional academic neighborhoods. An outdoor classroom and an exterior courtyard encourage students to take learning outside.

Designing for middle school students presents unique challenges because these young adults are five years removed from teddy bears but five years away from driving. They’re in the process of significant developmental changes, so flexible spaces that encourage adaptable teaching methods for every type of learner are critical.

Looking for opportunities to take students outside of the traditional classroom was a priority for Edmond Public Schools’ newest middle school.

Heartland Middle School

In Association with Frankfurt, Short, Bruza

EDMOND PUBLIC SCHOOLS

  • Edmond, Oklahoma
  • New Construction
  • 150,000 sq. ft.
  • $27 million

Learning happens outside traditional academic neighborhoods. An outdoor classroom and an exterior courtyard encourage students to take learning outside.

Designing for middle school students presents unique challenges because these young adults are five years removed from teddy bears but five years away from driving. They’re in the process of significant developmental changes, so flexible spaces that encourage adaptable teaching methods for every type of learner are critical.

Looking for opportunities to take students outside of the traditional classroom was a priority for Edmond Public Schools’ newest middle school.

Academic areas are specific to every type of learner and include:

  • performance based
  • project based
  • elevated and casual/social learning

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.

EPiC Elementary School

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EPiC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

LIBERTY, MISSOURI

  • Liberty Public Schools
  • Adaptive Reuse
  • 30,000 SF
  • $1.8 Million

Re-imagining a former administrative building created innovative environments for all elementary school students while saving District resources and accommodating rapid population growth. Students at EPiC are encouraged to push the boundaries of what an educational space can be.

The team set out to do more with less, designing spaces that were flexible and multi-functional and support learning at all times. The District owned space in a nearby office building. By moving their administrative office into this space, it opened up space for a learning environment without the expense of designing a new building.

The former District Administrative Center was re-imagined into EPiC Elementary School, an innovative project-based learning environment where “Every Person is Inspired to Create.” Designed to support 300 students, EPiC looks at space differently than a traditional school. Every square foot of the building is viewed as a learning space, supporting student group work.  Hollis + Miller designed flexible, multipurpose classrooms where students are exposed to project-based learning and educational technology. The learning environment also fosters individual learning and encourages discovery. This is an environment where children choose their adventure and have the opportunity to learn however they learn best.

I really felt comfortable explaining my ideas to Hollis + Miller, and the best part was that they would take our ideas and expand upon them.

–Dr. Michelle Schmitz

Lenexa City Center Library

Lenexa City Center Library

In association with Holzman Moss Bottino Architecture

LENEXA, KANSAS

  • Johnson County Library System
  • New Construction
  • 40,000 SF
  • $15 Million

The new Lenexa City Center Library is a source of inspiration, innovation and experiences that will enrich the surrounding community.

Located in the heart of Lenexa’s contemporary city center, this development is helping establish a new downtown for the city. Adjacent to a city hall, community center, restaurants and public market, the library welcomes all members of the community.

To achieve total flexibility, the majority of the library is an open loft-like space that houses the adult, teen, and juvenile collections on two levels. A two-story atrium serves as the living room for the community. Three large flexible meeting spaces and four smaller meeting spaces can be utilized by both library staff and community members and will provide access to technology for community groups, tutoring, and collaborative discussions. Patron convenience is at the forefront of the library’s automated conveyance system that allows patrons to both pick up holds and drop off returns via a drive-thru in the parking garage. The new library incorporates a service model designed to enhance public access to the collections, focus services to patrons, and integrate patron self-service strategies and staff mobility.

This new library is meant to engage the community. The Community commons visually connects to the civic plaza, street, and public market. The upper and lower entries allow for ease of patron access from both the Civic Center and Public Plaza.

Thirty-foot high towering glass and zinc shingled walls fold across two sides of the building and allow for connectivity between the outdoor plaza and library patrons. These folding walls are unified by a curving railing that weaves between the interior and exterior of the building. This ribbon-like railing draws patrons walking along the public plaza toward the library’s two entrances.

Summit Ridge Middle School

Summit Ridge
Summit Ridge

Summit Ridge Middle School

LITTLETON, COLORADO

  • Jefferson County Public Schools
  • Addition/Renovation
  •  13,000 SF
  • $4.8 million

Visual connectivity and strategically designed collaborative spaces have led to an evolution of learning styles at this newly combined middle school. 

Jeffco Public Schools in Denver, Colorado recently decided to transition their sixth-grade students into middle-school, and needed to accommodate for the addition of 400 students. The existing building hosted traditional classrooms and learning areas, challenging the design team to seamlessly integrate the two buildings while incorporating collaborative learning elements into the addition. Hollis + Miller worked directly with the principal, faculty, community members, and students to create a design that would introduce collaboration spaces and a learning stair alongside new classrooms and science labs. Renovations to the school’s STEAM classrooms allow more students access to hands on education with computer aided design, engineering, and fabrication.