Missouri Innovation Campus racks up national, regional awards

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LSR-7 School Board recognizes awards, overall achievement at December meeting

The Missouri Innovation Campus (MIC) has received 13 national and regional architecture and design awards since opening in the fall of 2017. Home to Summit Technology Academy, MIC is a progressive initiative that allows high school graduates to earn a college degree in two years with little to zero debt. Partners include the University of Central Missouri, Metropolitan Community College, the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District, community organizations and businesses partners.

“The significance of these numerous regional and national awards is that they demonstrate the innovation and excellence of both the design of the MIC building itself and the learning programs and partnerships that the building supports,” said David Reid, principal of Gould Evans Associates, MIC’s architecture firm of record. “It is rare for one project to be so widely recognized by organizations that focus solely on architectural design, while simultaneously being recognized by organizations that focus solely on educational planning. This is something that all the MIC stakeholders and partners should be very proud of.”

At its December 2018 meeting, the LS R-7 School Board publicly recognized the achievement of the awards and the project partners that contributed to MIC’s development and success, including Gould Evans, DLR Group, and McCownGordon Construction. Reid of Gould Evans and Kevin Greischar of DLR Group attended the meeting and were praised for their architecture, design and engineering achievement.

A full list of the awards received by MIC to date include:

•American School & University Educational Interiors Showcase
•Learning by Design Architectural Portfolio
•The Kansas City Business Journal Capstone Award
•International Interior Design Association, Mid-America Chapter Design Awards – Gold Award
•The Associated General Contractors of America, Kansas City Chapter – Building Excellence Award
•Engineering News Record, Midwest Chapter Best of 2018: K-12 Education Award
•American Institute of Architects, Kansas Chapter Design Awards – Merit Award
•American Institute of Architects, Central States Region Design Excellence Awards – Citation Award
•American Institute of Architects, Kansas City Chapter Design Excellence Awards – Merit Award
•American School & University – Architectural Portfolio Award
•The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design – American Architecture Award
•Society for College and University Planning – Excellence in Architecture Award
Association for Learning Environments Exhibition of School Planning – Design Concept Award