Missouri Innovation Campus

Lee's Summit, Missouri

  • FIRM

    Gould Evans + DLR Group


    Lee’s Summit R-7 School District

  • AREA

    130,000 sq.ft.





The Missouri Innovation Campus is a one-of-a-kind facility offering the most accelerated degree program in the nation. It’s the result of a unique partnership between a K-12 school district and a university: Lee’s Summit School District R-7 and the University of Central Missouri. It’s specifically designed to meet the emerging needs of millennial ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY525COST PER SQ FT$206.00CITATIONWilliam W. Caudill CitationFEATURED IN2018 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSpecialized seeking to enter the workforce more quickly—at less cost—with better assurance of job placement.

The building serves as a “base camp” for students whose study locations include this campus, the workplace, and their home high schools. The building is organized in quadrants, each serving an academic department. Circulation space is transformed into “owned community space”—usable for academic breakout. Cohorts collaborate on projects, socialize, and ideate in this communal space—it’s where they call home.

Classrooms and labs open directly onto the shared communal space via sliding glass walls or retractable gates. Movement from one space to another is porous—much like a workplace where a palette of spaces offers variety and specificity for the activity at hand.