MISSOURI INNOVATION CAMPUS | GOULD EVANS + DLR GROUP
AIA KANSAS CITY DESIGN AWARDS / ARCHITECTURE_MERIT AWARD / 2018
IIDA MID AMERICA DESIGN AWARDS | EDUCATION K-12 | GOLD/ 2018
GOULD EVANS| KANSAS CITY MISSOURI
DLR GROUP | OVERLAND PARK KANSAS
MCCOWN GORDON CONSTRUCTION
SK DESIGN GROUP
LEE’S SUMMIT MISSOURI
MICHAEL ROBINSON PHOTOGRAPHY
“I want the entire country to notice the innovation happening here [at Missouri Innovation Campus], and I want other colleges to take a look at what’s being done here as well." - President Barack Obama
The Missouri Innovation Campus is an evolution of traditional education models that recognizes the role of design in preparing students for the workplace environment. The rising cost of higher education dictates the need for an alternate, accelerated delivery model that enables students to learn from active professionals and gain practical experience. This innovative program was developed in concert with the University of Central Missouri, Lee’s Summit School District, local industry participants, and Gould Evans’ education design leadership to create a new type of academic campus. The design focuses on the integration between the workplace and the classroom, allowing them to become extensions of each other.
This “campus in a building” translates design trends from the contemporary workplace, supporting flipped classroom instructional models in a team-based, self-directed learning setting. The distinctions among spaces for lecture, lab, meeting, work and community are blurred, enabling students to choose the environment that fits their learning style and gain competency-based skills at their own pace. The eight departments are clustered around a shared “campus commons” – an internal hub where students intermingle. Each department is organized around a central “Ideation Commons” that acts as entry to the department, an extension of the learning environment and a place to develop social networks. The campus also features nursing labs and simulation rooms, digital media technology, high-tech engineering, biomedical and computer science areas, and an international studies area.