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Jenks Central Campus Dining Hall

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The Project

In keeping with high school design trends seen nationally, the idea emerged that this wouldn’t be just a cafeteria. It would be a true dining hall, centrally located on campus to create a gathering spot for building community. A variety of seating welcomes students in the grand dining room upon entry, with the servery located in the back of the open space. An oversized wall graphic of the school’s Trojan mascot head is on an axis with the entry and emphasizes the strong identity and school pride at Jenks. The building’s shape itself was likened to puzzle pieces that fit together—and the contemporary design language blends well with that of surrounding campus buildings, including exterior cantilevers which will serve as cover for outside dining area.

The Details

Project Type: New Construction
Project Size: 35,000 SF total
Completed: 2017
Client: Jenks Public Schools
Services: Planning, Programming, Architecture and Interior Design

Case Study: Jenks High School Dining Hall Case Study

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Jenks West Intermediate Classroom Expansion

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The Project

To support the growing enrollment in the Jenks Public Schools district, an addition was planned by KSQ for the West Intermediate School campus. Serving 5th and 6th grade students, the project added 13 regular classrooms and 13 resource rooms to meet the updated curriculum requirements. STEM, art, music and science rooms were included to underscore the district’s commitment to these types of curriculum and learning environments. In the center of the main building, KSQ created an outdoor courtyard with both classroom and science functions. A built-in amphitheater in the courtyard lends itself to outdoor class time, and zones are defined by raised planters and shading structures that will also protect the students from sun exposure. A large addition to the gymnasium also provides ample space for increased participation in PE class.

KSQ’s team placed the science and STEM labs around the courtyard and designed the spaces with large windows looking out to the courtyard allowing for visual connection and bringing in natural light and fresh air. The STEM lab has a platform that opens up the space and expands the classroom into the outdoors. Along with adding standard classrooms, the project also included a new vestibule for enhanced building security. The project was completed in 2018.

The Details

Project Type: Renovation | Addition
Project Size: 179,398 SF total
Completed: 2018
Client: Jenks Public Schools
Services: Planning, Programming, Architecture and Interior Design

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Jenks Trojan Aquatic Center

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The Project

The highly competitive Jenks swimming program used to conduct daily workouts in a pool more than 30 years old, but a 2009 bond issue gave parents and students a new athletic facility worthy of the school’s long-standing tradition of swimming excellence. The new Jenks Trojan Aquatic center features a modern design and a 50-meter pool considered to be the healthiest in the nation. The Olympic-quality pool is the first competitive pool in the U.S. to offer an innovative system that removes chloramines from the water and addresses swim-related respiratory ailments that plaque competitive swimmers. This system–paired with two custom energy recovery dehumidification systems–prevents burning eyes, coughing and respiratory difficulties common in natatoriums.

The center is used by Jenks Public Schools, the surrounding Tulsa metro community, U.S. Master Swimming, and competitors in regional championship series. The design features a generous exterior plaza, 1,200 spectator seats, coach and administrative offices, locker rooms, and a lobby with a glass curtainwall that allows a full view of the pool.

KSQ used a water design motif that flows throughout the facility, from the “breaking wave” roof, to the blue “waves” hanging from the lobby ceiling and the “river of glass” viewing area. White “fins” on the exterior disguise pipes and other mechanical equipment. An efficient lighting system provides illumination for televised events; yet computerized controls keep lights at energy-efficient levels for daily use, alternating bulbs to save energy and replacement costs.

The Details

Project Type: New Construction
Project Size: 50,000 SF
Completed: 2011
Client: Jenks Public Schools
Services: Architecture
Awards: AIA Honor Award (AIA Westchester + Hudson Valley, 2012), Outstanding Design-Sports Stadiums/Athletic Facilities (American School and University, 2012), Outstanding Design-Work in Progress (American School and University, 2008).
Media: Recreation Management, The Air in ThereAthletic Business, Jenks Trojan Aquatic Center project profileTulsa People, In the swim

“Our Aquatics Center is outstanding! We are so pleased with the design and function of this facility–and so is the community. People from all over the state have commented on the quality of our natatorium…it is first class, open, airy, and beautiful! During the process of building the Aquatics Center, KSQ demonstrated a commitment to continuous improvement of the design and function. We are absolutely delighted with the outcome!”
– Anne McCoy, Board Member, Jenks Public Schools

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