Aubry Bend Middle School12501 West 175th Street
Overland Park, KS 66062
Design Achievement - Patrons in the Blue Valley School District in Kansas uphold high expectations for all students, staff and facilities, including the new Aubry Bend Middle School. DLR Group's design creates a student-centered facility that responds to the unique educational, developmental and social needs of middle school students. As students approach the building they are welcomed through a 2.5 story lobby illuminated by natural daylight. Continuing through the building, a monumental stair encourages vertical movement and provides the backbone for student circulation. A courtyard is framed on one side by the student commons, which contains an operable glass wall that links the indoor social area with an outdoor gathering and learning space. Pervious pavers reduce storm water run-off on site. Rain screen wall systems, high efficiency mechanical systems, and proper building orientation supplement sustainable opportunities for this project.
Scope Summary - The new 128,300 SF Aubry Bend Middle School is the 10th middle school for this growing District in suburban Kansas, and serves 750 students in grades 6-8. Social and educational development occurs naturally in the media center, which prominently presents itself along the western facade. This two-story volume pierces through a sweeping metal panel wall and elegantly floats above grade. The juxtaposition and scale of these two elements provide insight to the functions within. Slot windows trace along the gracefully curved wall providing slivers of ambient light within as the curved facade shields against the adjacent high speed vehicular traffic. DLR Group provided architecture and interiors services.