The North Kansas City School District needed a new elementary school in the rapidly growing northeast corner of the district.
The building houses five units of first through fifth grades, clustered around a central core. The core of these grade-level neighborhoods is situated away from the central circulation corridor, providing greater acoustical control and a CAPACITY700COST PER SQ FT$92.14FEATURED IN2002 Architectural Portfolio of security. Brightly colored kites at each entry point identify the classroom neighborhoods. The looping corridor provides access to the media center, restrooms, computer lab and reading pit.
Three kindergarten rooms have direct access to an exterior playground dedicated specifically for these younger students. A shared stage allows for flexible use from the gymnasium as well as the commons area. The entry corridor allows light from clerestory windows to enter the lobby and connects the front of the building with the back.
The facility makes use of a ground-source heat-pump system with 200 wells drilled under the north playground.