A growing student population led Columbia Independent School to explore expansion options for the immediate and distant future. The design team developed a phased approach including a master plan, addition and renovation to the existing school to empower student inquiry and differentiated learning opportunities while also supporting positive teaching experiences.
The addition will be home to the upper school (high school-age students) and provide an aspirational space for the younger students. An outdoor plaza and makerspace connect to the upper commons, giving a higher education campus “feel” to the space and bringing in ample daylight. An open media center will be adaptable to fit many group sizes and community gatherings, as well as an updated fine arts space for various functions and performances. The addition is expected to be complete in fall of 2024 with future plans including a stand-alone early childhood center and athletic fields.
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