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Sunday, February 26, 2017

The full story - DBHS expansion plans





Dobyns-Bennett High School Regional Science and Technology Center
Last night at the KCS Board of Education February 23 Work Session, renowned international architecture firm Perkins+Will has completed initial design concepts for the Regional Science and Technology Center (RSTC) to be constructed at Dobyns-Bennett High School!
  • The overall goals for the Regional Science and Technology Center include:
    • Adding an enhanced science and technology program at D-B, with new/enhanced facilities and programming, while increasing D-B's student capacity.
    • Defining the D-B main entrance.
    • Improving circulation and accessibility at D-B for students and staff.
    • Capitalizing on an opportunity for a new identity for the D-B facility, while maintaining the current design and legacy elements.
  • Visioning work on the Regional Science and Technology Center began in May 2016 with a session involving D-B staff members, focusing on design and programming.  Key work since that time has included:
    • Conceptual Design and Programming - July 2016
    • Schematic Design - August/September 2016
    • Design Development - November 2016
  • As designed, the new three-story facility will include:
    • 18 science/technology labs
    • Two teacher work spaces
    • Six student work spaces
    • One TEAL (Technology Enhanced Active Learning) lab
    • One large research lab
    • Four small research labs
    • A student cafe 
    • Administrative offices
  • The new facility would raise the D-B capacity to support 2,500 students at 85% utilization.
  • Construction of the new Regional Science and Technology Center may begin as early as Fall of 2017, with a potential move-in date in the Winter of 2018.
Click here to view an expanded presentation about the Regional Science and Technology Center.  Also, keep an eye on the KCS Facilities Update webpage for additional information on the RSTC and other facility news in the coming months.
*Note that as facility design and branding development continues in the coming months, the preliminary images contained in the presentation below may not match final construction. 



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