Hoefer Welker recently completed the design for the five-story, 95,000-square-foot Northland Innovation Center (NIC), an urban, vertical education campus designed to advance learning for students from kindergarten through post-secondary education. The new five-acre campus is located in Gladstone, Missouri.
“Campus ecosystems are increasingly shaped by the confluence of business and academic activities,” commented Richard Miller, FAIA, Hoefer Welker’s national higher education practice leader. “As evidenced by the maker movement, a more self-directed, interactive approach to learning both reinvents vocational pathways for future workforce talent pools, and strengthens ties between education and the workplace. A new emphasis on non-traditional, experiential settings better reflects the world where students are headed as high-quality skill sets trump credentials.”