Ewing Marion Kauffman School
Kansas City, Missouri
Ralph Johnson, FAIA, LEED AP (Design Director); Bryan Schabel, AIA, LEED AP (Design Principal); Steve Turckes, AIA, CEFP, LEED AP BD+C (Managing Principal); Christopher Hale, AIA, LEED AP (Project Manager); Greg Tamborino, AIA, LEED AP BD+C (Sr. Project Architect); Aimee Eckmann, AIA, CEFP, LEED AP BD+C (Educational Planner); Milena Kim, Crister Cantrell, ASSOCIATED FIRMMOMENTACAPACITY1,100COST PER SQ FT$205.00FEATURED IN2016 Architectural Portfolio Frisbee, Leila Janssens (Project Team)
The Ewing Marion Kauffman School is on a site previously occupied by the headquarters of the Church of the Nazarene. The three-school campus serves more than 1,000 students in grades 5 to 12.
The middle school building used much of the external structure of the former church’s headquarters. It adjoins a second building that houses both a gymnasium and a cafeteria/commons area. A third and final building, which functions as a high school, opened in August 2014.
In designing the campus, the team worked to ensure the school buildings would provide an environment conducive to student learning while fitting within the context of the site’s urban neighborhood.
By incorporating windows throughout, the Kauffman School intentionally created a transparent environment. Windows are prominent on interior walls facing the school’s hallways, and expansive exterior windows enable natural light to flood classrooms. These interior windows encourage staff, faculty, parents and visitors to observe classroom instruction as they move through the building. In addition, many environmentally friendly design features were employed, including extensive landscaping.