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  Staley High School
LEED® Silver

Staley High School, page 40


Hollis + Miller Architects
8205 W. 108th Terrace, #200, Overland Park, KS 66210

General Description

Location: Kansas City, Missouri
Date Bid: Apr 2006
Construction Period: May 2006 to May 2008
Total Square Feet: 325,376 Site: 80 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: First floor, 167,471; second floor, 157,905; total, 325,376 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 14’; second floor, 15’4”; total, 29’4”.
Basic Construction Type: Structural Steel/IIB.
Foundation: Cast-in-place. Exterior Walls: CMU, brick, curtainwall. Roof: Membrane. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall. 

Construction Team

Structural Engineer: Bob D. Campbell and Company - 4338 Belleview, Kansas City, MO 64111
Construction Manager: JE Dunn Construction Company - 901 Charlotte, Kansas City, MO 64106
Mechanical, Electrical & Technology Engineers: Henderson Engineers, Inc. - 8325 Lenexa Drive, Lenexa, KS 66214
Cost Estimator: Construction Management Resources - 5201 Johnson Drive, #201, Mission, KS 66205

Staley High School is the newest facility for the North Kansas City School District and is also Missouri's first school to be awarded LEED® Silver. The project team was led by Hollis + Miller Architects in collaboration with a variety of team members, including: JE Dunn Construction Company, construction manager; Henderson Engineers, mechanical, electrical and technology engineers; and, the North Kansas City School District, teachers, students and community. Hollis + Miller Architects' team was led by Partner-in-Charge Kirk Horner, AIA and Project Manager Larry Jordan, AIA.

This is the first new high school for the district in more than 35 years and it needed to accommodate significant changes in educational philosophies. The school board selected Hollis + Miller Architects to lead the effort and the design of the new high school facility. There were an array of challenging educational requirements: It needed to be a facility that would be more than just a high school for teenagers - it needed to be a continuing education center for adult education accommodating satellite college courses; it needed to be a facility that would be responsive to its environment and was designed as a sustainable building; and flexible - able to expand as the student base continues to grow.

Staley High School is sited on 80 acres - 48 contain "green space" with three ponds. Strategic site planning allowed minimal disruption or changes to the existing site features and topography. Except for one pond, all of the wetland areas were retained. A new larger pond was added. All of these features are planned as active functions with the high school's educational spaces, including: biology and environmental labs, walking/running/cross country trails and natural storm water filtration features. The building and paving components were carefully planned to maximize the percentage of undisturbed open space on the site and to retain the original drainage patterns.

Initially, the building has a 1,500-student capacity with the potential to be expanded in the future to 2,000. The facility includes a 750-seat auditorium, a 300-seat flex-theatre, a gymnasium capable of hosting four simultaneous basketball games and a 70,000 square foot great hall. The great hall is the unifying space for the entire facility and features a dynamically-shaped two-story curvelinear space that stretches from one end of the building to the other. Virtually all students and staff use this space several times daily, passing through between classes, breaking for lunch or hanging out before and after school. It's everyone's space.

The school opened in August 2008 and was immediately awarded LEED
® Silver status. Through early discussions with the school board, the concept of a sustainable facility quickly became one of the fundamental goals of the project. The preparation and planning for LEED® certification involved the entire building team and all phases of design. In addition to involvement with the building and site design, decisions for sustainability also included construction sequences and methods as well as the development of the school's curriculum and educational programming. Sustainable design concepts are employed throughout the building. The most obvious direction was the effort to bring sunlight into the building. Shaded windows and curtainwalls are used throughout the exterior walls. Materials used in the building were selected for their recycled content, VOC content and the distance from the site that they were manufactured. Undoubtedly, the most energy efficient feature of the facility is the geo-thermal loop system that provides tempered water for a hydronic heating and cooling system. This system is calculated to use 42 percent less energy than a conventional system.

One of the significant results of the partnership led to the district's decision concerning green concepts. In the process of determining costs and expenses over the lifetime of the building, the district determined that the costs will provide a payback to the community and district in less than ten years. The district now embraces sustainability concepts district-wide. The issue of sustainable practices is now even a part of each high school's required curriculum. The project was completed on-time and was approximately two percent under budget.   


DIV. 7: Membrane: GAF.
DIV. 8: Window, Curtainwall, Entrances & Storefronts: YKK America.
DIV. 9: Flooring: Everlast, Desco, Armstrong, Mannington, Milliken.
DIV. 14: Elevator: ThyssenKrupp.

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