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Waukee Innovation and Learning Center (WILC)
Waukee, IA

To design a new space for Waukee’s Aspiring Professional Experience (APEX) program, INVISION partnered with CannonDesign to create this pace-setting facility. Curriculum will be centered on five strands which map to the economic drivers of the area and provide students with the opportunity to explore professions of interest through a problem-based, inquiry learning method.

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Collaborative space
66,600 sq. ft.
LinkedIn Connections Created
3,500 and growing
Managing Architect
Kerry Weig

In-depth discovery led to a space supportive of current ambitions and future growth.

We convened with students, staff, administration, corporate partners and more, and really got to know the vision and the concerns. We challenged them sometimes, to make sure we were getting best solutions, not just the easiest answers. The building had to support different modalities of learning—from individual learning experiences to collaborative opportunities for learning and community gathering—and also retain enough flexibility to adapt to future changes in the program and strands. The end result is a building that can support a diversity of activities and learning styles, and that captures the “Waukee model” of this kind of professional educational partnership.

Other team members: Laura Peterson, Cody Mills, Mike Bechtel, Dan Schwers, Mark NevenhovenBrad Leeper

If we've designed a school, we've failed.
- Dr. David Wilkerson Waukee Community School District Superintendent
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