Olathe Technology Support Center

Olathe, Kansas

  • FIRM

    HTK Architects

  • CLIENT

    Olathe Unified School District 233

  • AREA

    25,000 sq.ft.

  • TOTAL COST

    $6,100,000.00

  • COMPLETION DATE

    6/2014

The Olathe School District’s Information Technology Department was previously housed in four facilities throughout the district. HTK Architects was challenged to design a single-story building to house all IT staff and provide a storm-hardened network operations center (computer mainframe). The facility was planned so it could accommodate future expansion of the ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY386COST PER SQ FT$244.00FEATURED IN2015 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSpecialized department.

A training center was included in the building program to serve as a centralized location for district staff training. One of the training spaces was designated specifically for classroom computer lab mock-ups. This enables the district to be innovative as it evaluates different lab configurations and software/curriculum in a realistic “classroom computer lab” setting.

A primary task with the exterior design was to establish a new district campus architecture vernacular that would be carried forward with future re-skinning of the other campus buildings. The leading-edge technology building skin materials (terra cotta rain-screen, metal panel rain-screen, high-performance glass) provide a durable, high-performance exterior envelope and an architectural character appropriate for a Technology Support Center.