Eudora Elementary School801 East 10th Street
Eudora, KS 66025
Design Achievement - Eudora Elementary School's enhances student learning and understanding of geographic regions and climates. Using Dr. Seuss' Oh the Places You'll Go as inspiration, DLR Group's design introduces students to different worldly environments, and incorporates the world into the building design. Ecosystems are the overarching theme of the school, which supports a small learning community (SLC) concept. A unique biome gives identity to each of the five SLCs. Biomes, including Arctic, Aquatic, Desert, Rain Forest and Savanna provide wayfinding inside the school and incorporate learning within students' daily environment. The building itself is a learning tool through creative finishes, fixtures and furnishings exhibiting the world's unique environments. All materials and design elements and colors play off each specific biome. For instance, the Aquatics SLC features blues and greens to emulate water and sea life, while the Desert SLC highlights yellows and golds to represent sand and sun.
Scope Summary - The 130,000 SF elementary school for grades 1-5 features a central media center that supports the five SLCs and represents a large, communal gathering space at the center of the world. Glazing between the media center and main corridor showcases a collection of student handprints, which collectively compose the world's continents. Benches at each SLC entrance allow places for students to interact. Large, open discovery areas in each SLC are surrounded by classrooms. The discovery areas have a raised platform in the center to encourage interactive and playful learning. A wet zone with sinks and hard surfaces in the discovery area encourages students from multiple classrooms to work on shared projects. DLR Group provided architecture and interiors services.