Guest Blogger - WSKF Architects
You could summarize the design for the South Campus renovation project in two words: versatile and flexible.
“Our goal in designing the space is to meet Oakhill Day School’s educational and curriculum needs today but also ensure the South Campus remains functional and relevant as those needs evolve over time,” says Mark Spurgeon, the WSKF Architects principal who is leading the design work.
The South Campus renovation spans 24,000 square feet and includes 12 classrooms, a science demonstration area and lab space, media center, multi-purpose space, full kitchen and administrative and support space. The interior of the building is undergoing a complete renovation while outside patrons will see a new entry, new windows and other exterior improvements in repurposing a traditional office building for educational space.
WSKF Architects interacted with Oakhill leaders, educators and students in a variety of ways to ensure the school’s needs guided all work of the design team. “We gathered a variety of input and then shared our preliminary design with school leaders and students,” says Lauren Cunningham, WSKF’s interior designer on the project. “For us, it’s an opportunity to confirm our design direction and identify specific areas where we can improve it.”
Based on that input, the design team sought to bring in as much natural light as possible to the space. A new interior open stair allows students to easily move between floors of the renovated South Campus building.
“Creating spaces where collaboration could happen was also a priority,” Lauren adds. “Our final plan has several small project areas along with a couple of larger flexible group areas where students can work outside of the classroom and take part in a more interactive approach to learning.”
The final design is one uniquely tailored to Oakhill’s vision for a South Campus. “The final design creates a bright and open environment that fosters interaction between students, educators and staff,” Mark says. “Large open areas create a more sustainable design that allows for flexibility and adjustments across a range of learning and teaching styles.”
WSKF Architects, based in North Kansas City, has a long history of service to private and public K-12 clients in the Northland and the region. The firm has also advocated for the needs of Northland educational institutions through an active role in the Northland Regional Chamber of Commerce and other business and community groups.
“We are honored to be working with your leaders, teachers and students on this important new chapter in the growth of Oakhill Day School,” Mark adds.
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