Gould Evans Selected to Re-Design Lawrence High School and Free State High School in Kansas

Lawrence, KS, October 12,  2017 – Nationally-recognized design and planning firm Gould Evans has been selected by the Unified School District (USD) 497 in Lawrence, Kansas, to re-design Lawrence High School and Free State High School. The two renovation and expansion projects will provide students with a modern and personalized learning environment to increase engagement and motivation.

The Lawrence High School re-design will consist of 27,000 sq. feet of additions, and 288,000 sq. feet of renovations, while the Free State re-design will consist of 18,000 sq. feet of additions, and 21,000 sq. feet of renovations.

The District’s design goals for both projects include creating:

  • Safe and secure campuses

  • Flexible collaboration spaces

  • Outdoor learning spaces

  • Additional classrooms and a multi-purpose space to accommodate growth

  • Energy efficient, high-performance schools that promote student/staff wellness and success

Gould Evans was recognized for its 21st century education design work. USD 497’s Chief Operations Officer Kyle Hayden said, “Gould Evans brings an innovative, research-based approach to planning and designing schools. They know how to successfully engage entire school communities and lead us towards solutions that truly support 21st-century learning.”

Gould Evans’ portfolio of education design projects includes:

“We’re thrilled to be USD 497’s design partner on these projects, helping it to create two facilities that re-imagine education in today’s innovative world,” said John Wilkins, Principal with Gould Evans. “We’ve had the privilege to work with the District many times over the last couple of decades, and we’re excited to see how these two spaces will lend themselves to student success in the future.”

Gould Evans has worked with USD 497 for more than 20 years, including the development of the district’s Facility Master Plan for Secondary Schools and the design of multiple elementary school projects, such as Cordley, Hillcrest, New York, Sunset Hill, Pinckney and Woodlawn (all 2013 school bond construction projects).

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