Blue Valley School District CAPS
In an effort to continually improve itself, the Blue Valley School District has embraced an innovative teaching and learning program called the Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS). The CAPS program creates a learning bridge between academia and industry in the areas of Bioscience, Business, Engineering and Human Services. More than a trade school and more than a vocational program, CAPS partners with local and global businesses to provide highly skilled instructors and authentic exposure to 21st century professions.
Walter P Moore provided structural design services for the three-story facility for junior and senior level high school students in the Blue Valley School District. The 300 student capacity building was designed to respect the environment through a significant reduction in energy and water consumption, the use of renewable and recycled-content materials and the application of low life-cycle-cost systems. In addition, this hi-tech facility has aspects of FEMA 361-2000 included in the shelter design.
The center houses classrooms, laboratories and student project space for students focused on specific career paths. Initial study “strands” include biotechnology, business, engineering and health services. All classrooms are to be equipped with wireless connectivity, audio visual projection and dimmable light fixtures. Security and safety are promoted through an office controlled entrance and the use of access badges for after-hour entry. Raised access floor and demountable walls are to be utilized to provide flexibility for changes in curriculum and technology. Non-traditional educational spaces encourage partnerships between local businesses, teachers and students.