USD 500 Kansas City Elementary School

K-12 Education Case Study
McCownGordon has built an excellent relationship with the Kansas City Kansas Public Schools District. Frank Rushton Elementary, McKinley Elementary and Hazel Grove Elementary were all newly constructed facilities completed for the district.

Client

Kansas City Kansas Public Schools USD 500

Processes

Building Information Modeling
Safety
Preconstruction
Collaborative Delivery

City

Kansas City, KS

Recognitions

Frank Rushton Elementary
APWA - KC Chapter APWA Project Award, Structures

USD 500 Kansas City Elementary Schools

Frank Rushton Elementary, USD 500 Kansas City Elementary School, spans 63,000 square feet and features 22 classrooms, media center, serving kitchen, multi-purpose room adjacent to the gymnasium that separates with an operable wall. Other features include administrative areas, flexible/collaborative spaces and a soccer field. Construction of the school was done in multiple phases. The team put together a schedule that allowed support staff and teachers to occupy the school sooner to ease the transition prior to start of the school year.

The team’s priority was to focus on safety during construction because the project was completed just 30 feet adjacent to the occupied existing school. This required strict attention to the safety of the students, faculty, and visitors and extensive coordination with the neighborhood. The community surrounding the school is a high-density residential neighborhood, requiring the team to place a strong focus on communication and minimizing construction impact.

USD 500 Kansas City Elementary School
USD 500 Kansas City Elementary School - Frank Rushton Elementary School

McCownGordon worked with USD 500 Kansas City Elementary School, McKinley Elementary to build a new 42,035 square foot school with 18 classrooms, media center, serving kitchen and cafeteria, administrative area, various support rooms and a multi-purpose room, which serves as the school’s gymnasium.  A clerestory provides maximum natural light, with wood ceilings and natural stone in some areas.

The team placed a strong focus on site logistics, phasing and traffic planning to accommodate the existing school that was in full operation adjacent to the construction site. McCownGordon paid particular attention to the safety during construction of the students, faculty and visitors.

USD 500 Kansas City Elementary School - McKinley Elementary School
USD 500 Kansas City Elementary Schools - McKinley Elementary School

Through the CMR process, McCownGordon work with Hazel Grove Elementary a USD 500 Kansas City Elementary School, to build a two-story, 70,000 square-foot building and boasts more than 28 classrooms, a full gymnasium, office areas, cafeteria, multiple restrooms, and other support areas. The facility also houses a technically-advanced media center with a unique lighting system creating a specialized ceiling arrangement.

With the new school constructed in the parking lot of the former facility, a focus on site logistics, phasing and traffic planning was paramount. The phased approach reduced the construction site considerably resulting in a confined work area. In addition, there was considerable slope across the site further complicating the site logistics. To overcome these challenges, the team installed nine different retaining walls creating a level site to complete construction.

USD 500 Kansas City Elementary School - Hazel Grove Elementary School
USD 500 Kansas City Elementary Schools
USD 500 - Hazel Grove Exterior
USD 500 - Hazel Grove Exterior
USD 500 - Hazel Grove Playground
USD 500 - Hazel Grove Playground
USD 500 Kansas City Elementary Schools - Hazel Grove gymnasium
USD 500 Kansas City Elementary Schools - Hazel Grove gymnasium
USD 500 Kansas City Elementary Schools - Hazel Grove Entry
USD 500 Kansas City Elementary Schools - Hazel Grove Entry
USD 500 Kansas City Elementary Schools - McKinley Media Center
USD 500 Kansas City Elementary Schools - McKinley Media Center
Kansas City Elementary School - McKinley Exterior
Kansas City Elementary School - McKinley Exterior
Kansas City Elementary School - McKinley Playground
Kansas City Elementary School - McKinley Playground
USD 500 Kansas City Elementary Schools - McKinley Classroom
USD 500 Kansas City Elementary Schools - McKinley Classroom
USD 500 Kansas City Elementary Schools - Frank Rushton Exterior
USD 500 Kansas City Elementary Schools - Frank Rushton Exterior