Butler Tech Bioscience Center

Mcgill Smith Punshon John Craig Rambo

Honorable Mention 2017 Education Design Showcase

Butler Tech Bioscience Center

Honorable MentionProject Information

Facility Use: High School
Project Type: New Construction
Location: West Chester, OH
District/Inst.: Butler Technology & Career Development Schools
Chief Administrator: Jon Graft, Superintendent
Completion Date: August 2014
Gross Area: 32,815 sq. ft.
Area Per Student: 107.24 sq. ft.
Site Size: 7 acres
Current Enrollment: 306 students
Capacity: 324 students
Cost per Student: $34,752.65
Cost per Sq. Ft.: $324.07
Total Cost: $10,634,312

Butler Tech Bioscience CenterButler Tech’s Bioscience Center, designated an Ohio “Blended Learning School,” was built on a high-profile Interstate site identified by MSP. Working closely with administration, faculty, and business stakeholders in planning the pedagogy for the new Learning Center, MSP provided leadership in establishing the vision for a 21st-century school founded on principles of “Blended Learning” and “Mastery.” These give students access to “no bells” classrooms, laboratories, and collaboration spaces to progress at their own pace.

The board, recognizing the importance of branding for this “School of Choice,” tasked MSP with the development of a cuttingedge learning environment with a design unlike any other building on Interstate 75. Based on sustainable principles, the iconic design features a simple sloped form of red metal panels on a background of black glass with a brick base.

The interior was planned around a central two-story learning commons with ample glass for transparency, featuring flexible classrooms and labs, open collaboration areas, and a flexible learning commons. The flexibility of moveable furnishings in designated open areas allows for and promotes project collaboration, faculty involvement, and individual quiet study areas. Multiple small group huddle rooms also provide a transparent but quieter environment for group projects.

Butler Tech Bioscience Center Butler Tech Bioscience Center

Judges Comments

Strategically selected site, near medical centers is a nice touch. Built for change. Limited number of traditional classrooms. Nice learning spaces. Good planning process.


Mcgill Smith Punshon John Craig Rambo