Blue Valley Center for Advanced Professional Studies

Distinguished Building Award Submission

The Blue Valley Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) is a unique learning facility that will serve 200 high school juniors and seniors from five area high schools in Overland Park, Kansas. Educators and business professionals work together to emulate real world experiences in order to introduce students to various professional career strands such as engineering, bioscience, human services, and business. The building features large flexible spaces for ‘doing’, project areas for collaboration, and small group areas for real world meetings or individual work. The building program is organized into 2 three-story bars of teaching spaces separated by a common interactive atrium. These bars of spaces, or strands, are oriented with their broad sides facing north or south to optimize solar exposure. Teacher offices are located at the ends of the strands to allow flexibility for future classroom reconfiguration. Small project areas and study spaces reside along the corridors outside of the classrooms and overlook the atrium. The 68,200 square foot facility was designed for LEED Gold certification. Sustainable aspects include a zoned mechanical displacement ventilation system with under floor distribution, rain water cistern collection and site irrigation, naturally day lit interiors, optimum solar orientation and screening, and permeable paving.

Nevius Serig Palmer Architecture
Associate Architect
Perkins + Will
Blue Valley Center for Advanced Professional Studies
  • Affinis Corp.
  • Larson Binkley, Inc.
  • VSR Design
  • Walter P. Moore
General contractor
McPherson Contractors
Overland Park, Kansas