Ewing Marion Kauffman School
Kansas City, Missouri
Perkins+Will designed the new, permanent location for the Ewing Marion Kauffman School situated on a site previously occupied by the headquarters of the Church of the Nazarene. The three-school campus, will eventually serve more than 1,000 students in grades five through twelve.
The middle school building utilized much of the external structure of the former church’s headquarters building. It adjoins a second building that houses both a gymnasium and cafeteria/commons area. A third and final building, which functions as a high school, opened in August 2014.
In designing and constructing the Kauffman School campus, the team worked to ensure the school buildings would provide an environment conducive to student learning while fitting within the context of the site’s urban neighborhood. A number of environmentally friendly design features were employed, including natural lighting in classrooms and extensive landscaping.
By incorporating windows throughout its buildings, the Kauffman School intentionally created a transparent environment. The expansive exterior windows bring natural light into the classrooms, and windows are also prominent on interior walls facing the school’s hallways. These interior windows encourage staff, faculty, parents, and visitors to observe classroom instruction as they move through the building.