The challenge was to take an existing big box store and reimagine it into a magical and inviting space for early learners. The space was limited in regard to exterior windows so making the interior corridors activated with limited outside lighting was a big challenge from the start.
DLR Group’s design of North Kansas City Schools Early Education Center responds to a unique group of early learners. Both the need to consolidate the District’s Early Childhood Special Education program in one place, coupled with growing early childhood offerings in general, led the district to pursue adaptive reuse of an existing Hobby Lobby & Price Chopper.
Design + Execution
The project was an integrated design solution where multiple disciplines from the firm combined to create a learning environment that inspires both student and faculty. The project was designed in partnership with the client and multiple sessions were held to make sure the staff’s vision for the perfect learning environment was established and realized.
Adam Wells (experiential graphic design leader)
Chris Cox (experiential graphic designer)
Ian Kilpatrick (architect)
Stacy Davis (interior designer)
Robyn O’Roark (project manager)
DLR Group (architecture, planning)
Digital Imaging (graphics)
Michael Robinson Photography