Pioneer Ridge Middle School16200 Kill Creek Road
Gardner, KS 66030-0097
Design Achievement – The new Pioneer Ridge Middle School is allowing the Gardner Edgerton School District to continue to provide a growing student population with small class sizes and modern, collaborative schools. DLR Group's design features a clerestory that connects the public and student entry plazas to a central media center and brings natural light into the core of the school. Administration is located at the primary public entrance to the building to allow for direct supervision. The media center is surrounded by a corridor that branches into hallways leading to two L-shaped academic wings to the east, and to the commons, auditorium, and gymnasium to the west. The academic wings are self-contained with their own core classrooms seperating 5th-6th graders from 7th-8th graders. A forum room and computer laboratories between the academic wings are designed to accommodate group sessions and provide additional separation of grade levels.
Scope Summary – The scope of this project encompassed the design of a 133,990 SF school serving 1,000 students in grades 5-8. The design features a 400-seat auditorium, adjacent music classrooms, and an 800-seat competition gymnasium. Site amenities include a competition football field and track with bleacher seating, concessions and restrooms, two practice fields, and softball field. DLR Group provided integrated planning; architecture; and mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineering services for the project.