Tours: Experience Expeditionary Learning in and around Kansas City

Enhance your EDspaces experience by registering for educationally-rich site visits that feature sustainability, creative design, innovative interiors and learning beyond four walls. Six exceptional facilities, from Pre-K through University, are on the schedule to visit throughout EDspaces 2017. Tours include an educational component in a variety of learning environments, and each qualifies for AIA LU/HSW credit.

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TUES, October 24, 5 PM – 8 PM

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Missouri Innovation Campus Tour & Reception

Kick off EDspaces 2017 and the AIA-CAE Fall Conference with a tour of the Missouri Innovation Campus (MIC), an exciting, progressive collaboration reshaping the way students experience education. Students from the hospitality/tourism program at Summit Technology Academy will prepare and serve refreshments upon arrival. Tour participants will gather in the conference center for a short presentation and panel discussion by students, administrators and architects before breaking into small groups to tour the campus.

A one-of-a-kind program offering the most accelerated program in the country, the Missouri Innovation Campus is a result of a partnership between Lees Summit School District (LSR7), University of Central Missouri (UCM), and dozens of industry partners throughout the Silicon Prairie region. Learn more.

Attend the sister session, EDspaces Pre-Conference Learning Lab: Education’s Evolution—Meeting the Needs of the Modern Workplace
Get a different but complimentary perspective about the MIC, from the planning stages to implementation, and how a team of educators and industry partners prepares students to meet the needs of the modern workplace.
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The Missouri Innovation Campus Tour & Reception is included in the EDspaces Full Conference Architect Registration, however, an RSVP at the time of registration is required for all participants to reserve a place on the bus. Other EDspaces Full Conference registrants may attend for $75 per person. Round-trip transportation will be provided from the Kansas City Convention Center.
Former President Obama quote:I want other colleges to take a look at what's being done here (at UCM).Photo source:ucmo.edu
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WED, October 25, 5:30 PM – 7 PM

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Crossroads Charter Schools Tours

Take a short walk Wednesday evening to tour two Crossroads Charter Schools in Downtown Kansas City, Missouri after the exhibit hall closes. These unique learning environments feature adaptive reuse and shared public facilities in the historic, downtown area, just blocks from the Kansas City Convention Center. Attendees will meet at the gymnasium at Crossroads Academy – Central Street for a brief presentation before breaking into small groups to tour both schools.

Crossroads Academy – Central Street, a K-8 campus in the urban core, expands the reach of the typical classroom to take advantage of Kansas City’s downtown amenities. BNIM and Crossroads Academy have transformed historic buildings into multipurpose rooms, a gymnasium, and a new model of classrooms that are designed for collaboration. Interior demountable glass partitions provide openness and allow teachers to move between different groups while maintaining line-of-sight to the entire class. The buildings are connected by an elevated glass skywalk, made entirely of recycled glass and other materials.

Crossroads Academy – Quality Hill features an historic renovation of the Old Virginia Hotel and United Way offices into a K-5 elementary school, giving renewed purpose to an admired building in downtown Kansas City. The grand central stair and corridor were renovated with a white-oak wood floor; the historic paneling and details were preserved and repaired throughout; and the former offices were transformed into large day-lit classrooms. A common flexible learning space was created between the classrooms on each level with a demountable glass partition. The building received major structural improvements, as well as high-efficiency lighting and mechanical replacements, providing long-term property durability and operation cost savings.

Please note transportation is not provided for this event. Crossroads Academy is a  10-minute walk from the host hotels and convention center. Space is limited, RSVP now as availability is on a first-come first-served basis. This tour is only available to education institutions, architects, and designers.

Multi-Stop EDfacilities Tour Friday, October 27, 11:30 AM – 4:00 PM

EDspaces concludes with the EDfacilities Tour that features three innovative learning environments in the Kansas City area. Two of the facilities are brand new for the 2017–18 school year! At each stop, administrators, students and architects will provide an overview of the school’s mission and the process that went into designing these forward-thinking educational facilities.

The Friday EDfacilities Tour is included in the EDspaces Full Conference Architect Registration. Other EDspaces Full Conference registrants may attend for $125 per person. A box lunch will be included. Pre-registration is required for all participants to reserve your place on the bus.
Important Transportation Information: Buses will be available to go directly to the airport and buses will be available to return to the convention center after the last tour stop. More info
Shawnee Mission School District Center for Academic Achievement

Shawnee Mission School District Center for Academic Achievement

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Opening in Fall 2017 in Overland Park, KS, the Shawnee Mission School District Center for Academic Achievement will combine three administrative centers into a single location to create operational efficiencies. The school features flexible, collaborative spaces to facilitate learning, creativity and collaboration in housing the district’s Signature Programs: Medical Health Sciences, Biotechnology, Project Lead the Way Engineering and Culinary Arts. It also includes a Wellness center that serves students and employees, a workout facility, a two-story living wall with herbs and outside gardens and walking paths to promote a healthy environment and school population. A café, open to the public, along with a sustainable urban farm and indoor living wall, will be maintained and operated by students and instructors in the culinary arts program. It also offers environmentally-friendly features including extensive natural light, a rain garden, and an efficient HVAC system.

Blue Valley Hilltop Learning Center

Blue Valley Hilltop Learning Center
 

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The Hilltop Learning Center renovation has breathed new life into the formerly-bankrupted First Family Church. Instead of viewing an abandoned property, Overland Park residents now enjoy the benefits of a new early childhood education center at the heart of the Blue Valley community. A transformed façade, entrance and grand lobby extend a welcoming gesture to young families helping to form their first experience with the school district. This adaptive re-use project has improved the building and site with technology–rich and flexible classrooms, multi-purpose space, and both indoor and outdoor experiential learning environments to engage young minds in meaningful ways. It is the new home of the Blue Valley School District’s Parents as Teachers program, its innovative Early Childhood Center and a Professional Development Center. It will serve teachers and educators with reconfigurable, technologically–equipped space and will accommodate the continuing education and training needs of school district faculty and staff for decades to come.

Olathe West High School

Olathe West High School

View the construction  A sneak peek

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Opening in Fall 2017, Olathe West High School is a three–story school focusing on the use of technology and open, modular learning spaces to promote efficiency and collaboration among students. A centrally–located learning commons will provide student gathering and education collaboration spaces that connect to the entire building. The school is designed with four wings, or communities, where students will participate in three types of classrooms:
Active learning spaces, which will be used for direct instruction
Blended learning, which are flexible spaces used for project-based lessons
Eight Maker Spaces, which will be used for hands-on classes.
Within each of the “communities,” no teachers will lay claim to any classroom, and students will transfer to a variety of learning spaces throughout the day.