Garden City High School2720 Buffalo Way Boulevard
Garden City, KS 67846
Design Achievement - The new Garden City High School responds to the District's goals of reducing class sizes, increasing graduation rates, retaining teachers, and promoting real-life learning experiences in a 21st century environment. DLR Group's design features four distinct, yet consistent, interconnected multistory small learning communities (SLCs) that encourage relationship building and provide students with enhanced ownership of their future. The school's design is inspired by the landscape. Exterior materials provide a monochromatic backdrop to the bright yellow and dark brown accent colors that reflect the area's abundant sunflowers and reinforce school colors. A large, radius circular loop drive surrounding the school metaphorically represents crop irrigation circles symbolic of the Kansas region's agricultural ties.
Scope Summary - The 384,000 SF high school accommodates 2,000 students in four SLCs, with the ability to expand for 2,500. Students first complete the Ninth Grade SLC and then choose an interest-based learning environment that reflects post-graduate pursuits in: Education & Finance; Information Technology; or Health & Agriculture. Each SLC has a decentralized administrative team, student living room, core and career classrooms, project based research and applied learning labs, and an outdoor gathering area. Extensive glazing emphasizes transparency and openness, and provides daylighting and exterior life views. Community connections are enhanced by the inviting public entrance with access to the auditorium, gym and commons. The flexible commons also serves as a pre-function space for school events and community functions. Stairs at the south end of the commons provide direct access to the media center and SLC upper levels. DLR Group provided architecture, engineering and interior design services for this project.