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 CAPACITY386COST 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.