Topeka Center for Advanced Learning & Careers500 SW Tuffy Kellogg Drive
Topeka, KS 66606
Design Achievement - Topeka Public Schools, with intent to support an innovative program in profession-based learning, sought to re-purpose an existing school building, the former Capital City High School, to house the Topeka Center for Advanced Learning & Careers. DLR Group’s design for the renovations and additions focuses on transforming the existing facility's image into a professional work and learning environment with highly interactive, creative, and technology-laden spaces. The renovated space provides new classroom, lab, research, and collaboration venues that reflect those found in high-end workplace facilities. The program relies on strong partnerships with business, industry, and post-secondary institutions. Students engage in real project work for real businesses, while receiving high school and college credit. Strands of study include Engineering/Advanced Manufacturing, Energy/Environment, Bioscience/Biomedical, Business, Health/Human Services, Teaching, and Design Thinking/Innovation.
Scope Summary - The scope of work for this project encompasses improvements to approximately 71,200 SF of space in a repurposed high school facility. This includes facility master planning, interior demolition, construction, new finishes, and new furnishings and fixtures throughout. The new façade features a rich material palate that emphasizes a layering of metal panels over existing and new brick with new larger sections of glazing to provide ample daylight into the building interior. DLR Group (formerly Momenta) served as design architect with Architect One (prime architect) in Topeka. DLR Group provided programming, planning, and architectural design services for this project.