JOPLIN EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER | HOLLIS + MILLER ARCHITECTS
 

AWARDS
AIA KANSAS CITY DESIGN AWARDS / INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE_CITATION AWARD / 2018
IIDA MID AMERICA DESIGN AWARDS |
 EDUCATION K-12 | SILVER/ 2018

 
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THE PROJECT

DESIGN ARCHITECT     
   
  HOLLIS + MILLER ARCHITECTS | KANSAS CITY MISSOURI
CONTRACTOR
CROSSLAND CONSTRUCTION
STRUCTURAL ENGINEER
HOLLIS + MILLER ARCHITECTS
MEP ENGINEER
    SMITH & BOUCHER
CIVIL ENGINEER
ANDERSON ENGINEERING
LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT
LAND3 STUDIO
AV + ACOUSTICS
AVANT ACOUSTICS

LOCATION             
    JOPLIN MISSOURI
SQUARE FOOTAGE
  37,500 SF
OPENED
    2018
PHOTOGRAPHY
    ALISTAIR TUTTON PHOTOGRAPHY

 

THE STORY

In May 2011, an F-5 tornado struck the city of Joplin, devastating the community. The district's early childhood center is the last piece of Operation Rebuild. Teachers and students are now able to collaborate together in a safe, nurturing learning environment. After seven years in temporary classrooms, Joplin’s littlest learners finally have a home for learning and exploring.

“Where it all begins” was the district’s vision for the design team. Every student in Joplin will begin their learning journey in this facility, and because of this, the design needed to support a cozy, nurturing environment for a child to feel comfortable in their first organized educational experience. Every material, finish and design decision was made to ease the transition from home to school.

Continuing the feeling of home, pitched-roof learning centers located in common spaces enable usability outside the classroom, maximizing space and offering shared resources that can grow with the program. Warm materials and finishes reinforce the comfortable mood. The full spectrum of color is represented in finish highlights throughout the building to help with wayfinding and allow for easier transitions from one space to the next. A “Learning Grove” immerses children in a forest of graphic trees and friendly critters, similar to the feeling of their own backyard. Innovative learning tools, such as water and sand tables, positioned centrally in the school connect indoor and outdoor exploration.

 

FULL PROJECT GALLERY

 

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