Missouri Innovation Campus

Design Achievement - A progressive partnership between Lee’s Summit R-7 School District, Metropolitan Community College and the University of Central Missouri is reshaping the way students experience education at the new Missouri Innovation Campus. The 2 + 2 program, which is a collaboration between both industry and academic partners, focuses on learner outcomes in an immersive and rich real-life workplace experience. Students from 16 to 30 are working in a classroom and workplace towards the same degree. DLR Group and design partner Gould Evans have created a facility that supports a diverse and flexible program to evolve as future careers are invented. The programs: networking, engineering, medical, bio medical, graphics, hospitality, and cybersecurity, within the building are segregated into quadrants and split on two floors for ease of wayfinding. Throughout the building its character takes on a sense of Academia meets Google with a commitment to create incidental contact that results in collaboration between students, teachers and higher education faculty. Learning and teaching happens everywhere. The unique feature of this facility is its intentional design of spaces to be used by all disciplines and programs, in that nature it will be programmed like a higher education facility. There are dedicated labs for specific programs and adjacencies to flexible spaces for a changing curriculum. Industry partners are encouraged to use hoteling spaces and the conference center to see and be seen by students of the facility. Industry leaders in the hi-tech medical records field, logistics experts and global engineering firms are a part of the day-to-day in this building. 

Scope Summary - MIC is setting the benchmark for the next generation model for education. This high-tech, STEM focused facility serves 600 Lee’s Summit R-7 School District students and 1,200 University of Central Missouri students. High school graduates can earn an associate’s degree, followed by a bachelor’s degree two years later. These benefits translate into earlier graduation, less college debt and higher job placement. Bachelor degree programs include, Systems Engineering Technology, Design and Drafting Technology, Computer Science and Cybersecurity. DLR Group is the Architect of Record and provided architecture, structural engineering, and branding in collaboration with design partner Gould Evans.

Awards & Recognition

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  • Design Concept Award

    Association for Learning Environments (A4LE)
  • The Chicago Athenaeum

    2018 American Architecture Award
  • Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)

    Special Citation, Excellence in Architecture for a New Building
  • Learning by Design

    Grand Prize Award
  • Grand Prize

    2018 Learning by Design Awards of Excellence

Missouri Innovation Campus

Lee's Summit R-VII