Summit Technology Academy / Missouri Innovation Campus recognized by Association of Learning Environments for outstanding design concept

// Posted By Janie Rohlfing

The building design for the new Summit Technology Academy / Missouri Innovation Campus was honored during the 2016 LearningSCAPES Conference, held Sept. 28 through Oct. 1 in Philadelphia.

Summit Tech / MIC received the top award for a secondary school in the design concept category at the event, hosted by the Association for Learning Environments. The new facility, currently under construction near Ward and Tudor, is funded by a 2015 no-tax-increase bond issue as well as a partnership with the University of Central Missouri. The building will be complete by summer 2017.

Architects for the project are Gould Evans and DLR Group. McCownGordon Construction is the builder. The new building will house the Missouri Innovation Campus, Summit Technology Academy and University of Central Missouri-Lee’s Summit.

Unique features of the project highlighted in the nomination packet included the regional partnership involving the R-7 School District, higher education and industry-leading businesses; the incorporation of contemporary workplace environments into the design; and flexible spaces that allow for Lee’s Summit R-7 and the University of Central Missouri to share spaces, furnishings and equipment. Throughout the initial design stages, there was a high level of involvement from educators, students and business partners during visioning round table discussions.

Examples of innovative spaces include an “ideation commons” at the heart of each department as well as flex open learning studios designed to support a wide range of learning styles and modes ranging from individual to team-based activities.

Summit Technology Academy, established in 1999 by the R-7 School District, is a unique secondary school that prepares students for careers in engineering, computer science, health care and creative science. UCM-Lee’s Summit is the university’s main off-campus learning facility, offering graduate- and undergraduate-level completion programs to metro-area students. The Missouri Innovation Campus, established in 2012 at Summit Technology Academy, is a nationally recognized program that accelerates the time it takes students to complete a four-year degree, significantly reduces college debt and provides job-ready skills that are highly sought after by businesses.

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