Education Week - November 29, 2017 - S12
Summit Technology Academy is
designed to be all about flexibility.
High school students can take
dual-credit classes right there,
since the building shares its site
with a satellite campus of the
University of Central Missouri.
The open-plan structure has four
academic quads; a series of labs for
hands-on training in fields
including nursing, technology, and
biomedicine; and a central "ideation
commons" to provide an inviting
space for collaboration and
innovation among students.
Roots Elementary School
Built on the site of a neighborhood shopping
center destroyed by arson from gang violence,
Roots is part of a broader community effort
to reclaim the spot. The school shares its
campus with a recreation center and a Boys
& Girls Club and features three large flexible
learning environments dubbed "groves " to
represent the interconnectedness of an aspentree forest. These large open spaces promote
interaction among grade levels and flexible
YEAR OPENED: 2016
SIZE: 21,000 square feet
* High-performance acoustic tiles and higher
ceilings used to reduce noise.
* Steel support beams from the destroyed shopping
center were consecrated in a ceremony and
incorporated into the design to honor the past.
* Exterior green and white vertical striping, made
of fiber cement board, continues the theme of
aspen groves as a metaphor for community.
YEAR OPENED: 2017
SIZE: 135,000 square feet
COST: $30 million
* Exterior anodized-aluminum
panels that are refractors of light
and change color with the angle of
* Classrooms with moveable panels
so spaces can be combined or
separated, and all furniture is on
wheels, for ease of movement.
* Raw and durable materials are
used, such as metal lath railings,
polished-concrete floors, ash
tongue-and-groove wood accents.
Jim Barcus for Education Week
Summit Technology Academy, Missouri
Lee's Summit, Mo.
Education Week * November 29, 2017