Blue Valley Middle School

Stilwell, Kansas

  • FIRM

    Gould Evans


    Blue Valley School District

  • AREA

    34,600 sq.ft.





The design takes the core concept of middle-level educational philosophy (that of exploration) and elevates it spatially, to a prominent place within the facility’s organization. The facility, inside and out, is designed to be interesting and stimulating in color, texture, light and sculptural form. The school becomes an object to explore and an experience to stimulate ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$110.36FEATURED IN1999 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYCommon Areas and creativity.

The educational program was to create a facility serving 750 students that would enhance and promote the school’s curriculum delivery. The requirements included core classrooms situated by grade and team, numerous and varied exploratory instructional classrooms, gymnasiums, commons, production kitchen and outside curriculum spaces.

The organizational concept of clustering exploratory classrooms and spaces along a central corridor, known as “Explo Avenue,” became the main layout feature. This organization encourages collaboration and teaming within the exploratory curriculum, while giving the students daily exposure to exciting activities occurring within.

The building is constructed of masonry and brick with varied internal materials of burnished concrete block, aluminum and corrugated steel panels, and varnished wood. The mechanical system is a dual-duct, variable-air-volume system.

Photographer: ©Mike Sinclair