MacArthur Elementary School

Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

  • FIRM

    BCDM Architects


    Fort Leavenworth USD 207

  • AREA

    151,759 sq.ft.





Design team: Robert Mabrey, Jim Dennell, Kevin Strehle, Nelson Link

General MacArthur Elementary School has students from kindergarten through sixth grade and is situated on the Fort Leavenworth Army Post in Fort Leavenworth, Kan. Because of the historic nature of Fort Leavenworth, certain design standards were required to fit in with the vernacular of the ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY960COST PER SQ FT$225.00FEATURED IN2018 Architectural Portfolio context. Because the school is a five-unit elementary, careful consideration was given to the scale of the building so that it matched the surrounding residential scale.
Each of the three floors of classroom space is arranged into a “pod” surrounded by exterior courtyards that provide natural light and views to all classrooms. A large atrium near the entry connects the floors and provides an open and welcoming feeling to visitors. Bright, vibrant colors throughout the building create a positive and energized learning environment for students.
Additionally, a high level of sustainable features and energy-efficient systems integrate with the school’s educational curriculum. The physical building is used as a textbook to expand the student experience. This project is targeting LEED Gold certification.