Adaptive Reuse Through Collaboration And Community
The Perfect PartnershipAn open line of communication ultimately made this project successful in working with an aggressive timeline. The professionals at North Kansas City Schools, the Gladstone community leaders, and our team at DLR Group, were in unison in our understanding of what was needed at every juncture in the project. Every conversation we had turned over new opportunities and new challenges. In adaptively reusing an already existing building, we knew our limitations in the scope of this project. It was our job to turn a space that was never intended to be used as an educational facility into an environment that was inclusive and cultivated opportunities for all learners. Throughout the entire project we had five guiding principles leading us through every decision. We knew an adequate space would incorporate accessibility and inclusion; it would be flexible and adaptable; it would provide sensory learning and active play; student health and wellness would be paramount; and it would provide support for educators.
What you need in a project like this is a true partner, one that will affirm your thinking, but will also push your thinking. They took what we said and affirmed our thinking, while really opening our eyes to the possibilities here and to dream big. We learned a lot together. It’s so much more than a building for us here because of everything that went into this project.”
A Community That Champions for LearningWith the nature of adaptive reuse, the NKC Schools Early Education Center is twofold in serving the school district, as well as the community of Gladstone. In the most literal sense, a project like this takes a village. In our case, we saw complete and total buy-in from the school district, the community, and the state.
We feel like we’ve been able to show the community what you can do with an old box store with a little imagination.”
I'm so excited for those kiddos now because their lives are tangibly different and better because of the center. I can't even imagine the impact that it will have once the kids are 18, 20, 30 years old. Our hope is that they stay local, and that they continue to be part of our community.”
CTE Facilities Design: The Future of Education
Career and Technical Education facilities are the catalyst for our future workforce. At DLR Group, we’re connecting the built environment to special tailored curriculum and providing access to students to career pathways never thought imaginable before.
Inquiry and Wonder Supported Through the Built Environment
Flexible, adaptable learning environments are important in supporting inquiry-based learning. Our BOLD™ process helps educators build future-ready spaces.
Seeing and Valuing the Patient as a Customer
Modern patients have increased agency in navigating the healthcare system. Christina DeAmicis talks about what the "patient as a customer" means for design.
Addressing Funding Gaps for Wellbeing in Higher Education
While student wellbeing is a priority for higher education institutions, many struggle with securing the funding necessary for resources and initiatives.
Where Does Wellbeing Occur: Spaces for Wellness in Higher Education
Our EOC 4.0 study informs design solutions for the various ways wellbeing manifests in higher education, both centralized and decentralized across campus.
Holistic Student Wellbeing: Examining the Whole of the Person
Wellbeing goes beyond physical and mental health. Our Evolution of Campus 4.0 study uses a comprehensive approach to college student wellness.
Adaptive Reuse: Converting Vacant Buildings into Thriving Spaces
By unlocking the potential of dormant office buildings, adaptive reuse breathes new life into dead zones, revitalizing vibrant mixed-use communities.