Innovative Designs that Clients grade A+

KPE integrated architectural/engineering staff have helped scores of school districts assess, plan, design and build modern learning environments. Our pK-12 education experience includes: classrooms, special education, performing arts, CTE/Ag-Ed, athletic facilities, FACS, technology, food service and capital maintenance projects. KPE design expertise is ideally suited for building expansion and renovations where attention to detail is critical to project success.


Our approach is simple: Listen, Assess, and Develop a responsible solution that students, staff and patrons will support – one the school district can afford to construct and operate. Our licensed professionals provide the biggest value for every dollar invested in a new school project or renovation efforts. We know the pitfalls to avoid when modernizing existing spaces or building new structures.

KPE creates each building specifically for the individual client. We do not have pre-conceived ideas about what a building solution should look like or what building systems are included. We take a customized approach to understand what’s important to our school clients – and it all starts with listening.

If public financing is required, it can be difficult to gain a super majority on school bond measures. KPE has been successful in Referendum efforts because we work hard to match the school facility needs to solid educational benefits that patrons can understand and support.

What KPE Customers Say

Using KPE fit what our district needed in helping lead the process for the pre-bond referendum. The most important thing that helped us be successful was first making sure we had community involvement throughout the planning process. Secondly – they helped provide us the information, resources and structures to make sure we were being transparent with community members every step of the way.

This wasn’t done with a “one size fits all” approach that we may have gotten other places – their process was focused, but flexible. With the help of the KPE team, we were consistently able to get all questions answered, planned for and revisited when needed.

-Nigel Horton, Elementary Principal Griswold Community School District

Listed below are examples of KPE pK-12 education projects.

KPE professionals design adult learning environments for urban campus locations, community colleges, multi-campus public universities, and private colleges. We listen to our higher education customers and then create appropriate spaces—that engage students and help teaching staff deliver modern learning experiences.
Our collaborative facility design process provides tangible benefits, so education professionals can expect:

  • Proven solutions to complex facility issues
  • Projects delivered within established budgets
  • Schedules maintained and delivery dates met
  • Well-planned phasing with minimal disruptions
  • Project delivery methods that match client needs
  • Complete designs that generate consistent bids
  • Strong relationships with reputable contractors
  • Minimal Change Orders, far below industry average
  • Positive stakeholder engagement throughout
  • New/renovated facilities that work and inspire
  • SMILES—before, during, and after construction

Davenport CSD – Davenport, IA

• Adams Elementary
• Blue Grass K-8
• Buchanan Elementary
• Eisenhower Elementary
• Garfield Elementary
• Jackson Elementary
• Wilson Elementary
• JB Young Intermediate
• Smart Intermediate
• Sudlow Intermediate
• Central High School
• North High School
• West High School


Des Moines Public Schools – Des Moines, IA

• McKee Education Center
• Abraham Lincoln High School
• King Elementary


Lewis Central CSD – Council Bluffs, IA

• Educational Resource Center (New)
• Kreft Primary School
• Titan Hill Intermediate School
• Lewis Central Middle School
• Lewis Central High School


Durant CSD – Durant, IA


East Mills CSD – Hastings, IA


Exira-Elk Horn Kimballton CSD – IA


Glenwood CSD – Glenwood, IA


Griswold CSD – Griswold, IA


Elk Point Public School – Elk Point, SD

Bureau of Indian Affairs Schools – SD

• Cheyenne-Eagle Butte Schools
• Tiospaya Topa School
• Little Wound-Kyle Schools
• Tiospa-Zina Tribal Schools
• Lower Brule Day Schools


Omaha Public Schools – Omaha, NE

• Belvedere Elementary
• Sherman Elementary
• Lewis & Clark Middle School
• Kennedy Elementary
• Jackson Elementary
• Rose Hill Elementary
• Druid Hill Elementary
• Miller Park Elementary
• Buffett Middle Schools
• King Science & Tech
• Buffet, Gomez, Belvedere AC Upgrades
• Bryan High School Greenhouse Design
• Burke High School Addition/Renovation


Bellevue Public Schools – Bellevue, NE

• Lewis & Clark Middle School (New)
• Logan Fontenelle Middle School
• Mission Middle School
• Bellevue East High School
• Bellevue West High School
• Transportation Building (New Building)
• Lied Activity Center (New Building)


North Dakota School Districts

• Drake-Anamoose Public School
• Edgeley Public School District
• Glen Ullin Public School District
• Montpelier Public School District (Building Addition)
• Mott-Regent Public School District (New Building)
• Parshall Public School District
• Strasburg Public School District
• United Public School District 7